This was the stewardship prayer we used before every session at the conference this week.
Lord Jesus Christ,
with hearts on fire we welcome you.
Walk with us, we pray...
Teach us to recognize you,
and help us put aside everything to follow you.
Open the Scriptures to us...
That we may know you, see you, hear you -
in the assembly of the Baptized,
in the ministries of the Church
in the proclamation of the Word,
School us in the Gospel.
Coach us in Christian stewardship,
that we may use your blessings wisely
and care for all whose welfare you have entrusted to us.
Bless us as we ponder all that has been,
and dream of what might be.
Astonish us, when we are slow to believe the prophets.
Encourage us, when we are overwhelmed.
Strengthen us, when we are frightened.
Challenge our complacency.
Stir the embers that have grown cold.
And above all else, stay with us, Lord.
With hearts on fire we welcome you.
For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.
Rev. Tim Piasecki, Diocese of Rockford, Illinois
on the 50th anniversary of the International Catholic Stewardship Council