Everything we have is a gift from God. God calls us to be grateful and generous with all of our gifts, including our treasure. Our faith teaches us this through the Scriptures:
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with first fruits…” Proverbs 3:9
“How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for me?” Psalm 116:12
In gratitude, we are called to give to God from our first fruits. That means creating a plan for giving to His Church. Throwing a last-minute donation into the collection basket time and again only leaves us frustrated. Having a plan, we can better do our part to share the gifts that God has given us.
“From the very beginning, Christians have brought, along with the bread and wine for the Eucharist, gifts to share with those in need” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1351). Our gifts of treasure express not only our desire to help those in need but also our generosity to God.
“When faith does not reach the pocket, it is not genuine faith.” -Pope Francis
Best Practices in Grateful and Generous Giving:
- Create and maintain a household budget
- Plan your giving annually
- Use electronic offering (Online Giving)
- Understand that tithing literally means to give 10 percent of your gross income. Suggested amounts: 5 percent to the Parish, 2 percent to the Archdiocese and 3 percent to charities that serve the greater community