Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Stewardship and Teenagers - 2007 Fall General Assembly

It's the 2007 Fall General Assembly, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is meeting this week in Baltimore, Maryland. As of right now, they have released two documents; the first titled "A Call for Bipartisan Cooperation on Responsible Transition in Iraq" and the second "Stewardship and Teenagers: The Challenge of Being a Disciple".

The document released today, the one dealing with Stewardship and Teenagers, has an interesting twist. We have all heard the stewardship formulation to "share you time, treasure, and talent", but this document adds a fourth to the list - sharing our Tradition (faith). Thank goodness it started with a "T"! The "fourth T" does a nice job of expanding our concept of stewardship and helps remind us of the Church's true mission. The document is pretty good and well worth reading (I'm sure the Bishops will be thrilled to hear I thought so ;-).

So if you have a teenager, or something resembling one, print the document out and go through it with them. Let's fight the urge to just hand it to them and tell them to read it and actually "work" through it with them.

The document starts out with the following quote:

“My appeal to you today, young people . . . is this: do not waste your youth. Do not seek to escape from it. Live it intensely. . . . You, young people, are not just the future of the Church and of humanity, as if we could somehow run away from the present. . . . The Church needs you, as young people, to manifest to the world the face of Jesus Christ, visible in the Christian community. Without this young face, the Church would appear disfigured.”

(Pope Benedict XVI to Youth in Brazil)

All documents generated from the event will be posted here - check them out when you get a chance.

1 comment:

Rich B said...

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

--Proverbs 22:4