By David Kissell, Director of Stewardship & Chief Development Officer
As we celebrate the 4th of July, here are some stewardship thoughts and connections for this annual holiday in our nation…
God Always Makes the 1st Move…
With living a life of stewardship, our starting point is the recognition that everything is a gift from God. Or as I like to put it, God always makes the first move in our lives. Our nation’s founders realized this when drafting the Declaration of Independence as they included four references to God. One of the most well-known lines being:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”
Our nation’s founders understood that “independence” and everything our nation stood for was ultimately a gift from God.
As Stewards of the Church, the 4th of July reminds us of the importance of Religious Freedom
In the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, Stewards of the Church is one of the key themes outlined..
“We are also obliged to be stewards of the Church—collaborators and cooperators in continuing the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, which is the Church’s essential mission. This mission—proclaiming and teaching, serving and sanctifying—is our task. It is the personal responsibility of each one of us as stewards of the Church. All members of the Church have their own roles to play in carrying out its mission.” Summary of the Bishop’s Letter
The Church, founded by Christ, is a gift, and as stewards of this gift, we are called to carry out the mission Christ established and to pass on the Faith to future generations. Religious freedom is critical to fulfilling our call as stewards of the Church.
“Religious Freedom means Catholics and all people of goodwill are free to seek the Truth and live in accordance with that Truth and so to strengthen that common life as a nation.” USCCB Video on Religious Freedom
Although disagreements are vast in our country, we still have much to be grateful for…
We already find ourselves in the next presidential election season filled with debates, constant political commentary, etc. In the midst of all the political back and forth, we can’t forget all the good about our country and all that we have to be grateful for…gratitude is central to a life of stewardship.
Although there are disagreements and varying opinions on a lot of crucial issues, we have to be grateful that we live in a country that allows for disagreement and debate, and hopefully, constructive dialogue to take place.
With living a life of stewardship, especially as it relates to our great nation, the 4th of July provides an annual reminder to reflect on all that is good and all that we have to be grateful for in our country.
The 4th of July provides the opportunity to be with one another…
The lighter and fun side of the 4th of July, the family gatherings and fireworks, are also a chance to further grow in a life of stewardship. Relating to the stewardship of our vocation, especially the call to family life, the 4th of July provides the opportunity to further strengthen these bonds with one another.
Having these moments to celebrate, give thanks, and spend time with others…these are those re-energizing times that we need to continue on the journey of being good stewards of everything God has entrusted to us.