As Christians we seek to observe a triple approach to stewardship in our daily lives: we believe that everything comes from God; we express in our hearts and with words our gratitude for these gifts; and we share a portion of these blessingstime, talent, and treasureswith others to make this a better world and to build up the church. A Way of Life contains four faith-sharing sessions designed to help participants understand this approach and apply it personally.
As a way of life, sacrificial giving, stewardship, or grateful caretaking does demand a frequent and on-going conversion of the heart. Each session includes biblical passages and reflective prayer, brief instructions and fundamental concepts, extended sharing and group discussions designed to foster this conversion. During the days after each session participants are encouraged to ponder the experience and change their lives accordingly.
A Way of Life includes four sessions: "Session 1: A Theology of Grateful Giving," Session 2: Discerning My Gifts, Session 3: Sharing My Time and Talent, and Session 4: Taking A Step Toward Tithing My Treasure. Also included are Guidelines for These Sessions, The Plan for Each Session, Resource Materials, Time and Talent Sample Forms, and Music.
Fr. Joseph M. Champlin is the rector at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Syracuse, New York. He is the author of the Sacrificial Giving Program series published by Liturgical Press.