How do I choose to use the gift of time God gives me?
God invites us into a relationship with Him that is both personal and communal. Prayer cultivates a sustainable relationship with Christ. Prayer becomes much more effective and meaningful when it's tied to a part of daily life. Arrange your day around opportunities for prayer. In just a short time, prayer will become an integral component of your daily life. Please prayfully consider how God is calling you to use your Time, Talent and Treasure, and commit to those actions through filling out a 2020 Stewardship Renewal Commitment Card.
How do I pray?
Various forms of prayer are presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. These various forms include prayer of blessing or adoration, prayer of petition, prayer of intercession, prayer of thanksgiving, and prayer of praise. If you are new to prayer, start with small steps. Pope Francis encourages Catholics to set aside 15 minutes every morning to pray.
- Spend 5 minutes praising God, thanking Him for the blessings you have in your life.
- Spend the next 5 minutes asking God for His help and blessings on those you love.
- Finally spend the last 5 minutes listening to Him. Read the daily scriptures found at usccb.org or on a Catholic phone app, such as iBreviary, Evangelizo, Magnificat or Divine Office, and be sure to listen to whatever God might be trying to tell you through those words.
For those with an already healthy prayer life, continue to find new ways to communicate with God. Stick to the "tried and true" methods of prayer - the types of prayer you are most comfortable with - but don't be afraid to venture into new territory. Practices such as Lectio Divina, Liturgy of the Hours, or praising God through song are beautiful opportunities to step outside of your "comfort zone" in prayer.
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Stewardship Renewal Prayer
Lord, You alone are the source of every good gift, of the vast array of our universe, and the mystery of each human life. We praise You and we thank You for Your great power and Your tender, faithful love. Everything we are and everything we have is Your gift, and after having created us, You have given us into the keeping of Your son, Jesus Christ. Fill our minds with His truth and our hearts with His love, that in His spirit we may be bonded together into a community of faithful, caring people. In the name and spirit of Jesus, we commit ourselves to be good stewards of the gifts entrusted to us, to share our time, our talent, and our material gifts as an outward sign of the treasure we hold in Jesus. AMEN.