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Anchor Concept: Stewardship (PDF File)

STEWARDSHIP

Stewardship entails caring for the sacred gifts God has entrusted to our care. This includes our bodies, talents, spiritual gifts, and the entire created order. Stewardship means acting as managers for God, according to God's plan and wishes, and respecting God's laws that we find embedded in reality. Stewardship is thus not just a social agenda, but rather, has an inherently moral character. Therefore, we must use wisely what God has entrusted to us, with reverence for our own human dignity and destiny, and for the spiritual and material well-being of all. Stewardship for the gifts of creation requires the responsible use of resources through all available means. No one owns anything absolutely; everything we possess we hold in trust for everyone, including future generations. Problems of global scarcity and environmental pollution present an urgent call to stewardship. These pressing issues challenge us to a stewardship which condemns the use technology and human talent for global trade and profit through environmentally unsustainable development. More than ever, stewardship demands renewed efforts at preserving the dignity of the human person, the common good and the gift of creation through solidarity, conservation and sustainable economic progress.

Related Concepts:

RESPONSIBILITY
ABUNDANCE
SCARCITY
CHOICE
ECOLOGY
CONSERVATION / PRESERVATION
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
SOLIDARITY
PROPERTY
WEALTH
ENTERPRISE
LIFESTYLE
PREFERENTIAL OPTION FOR THE POOR
CREATION
COMMON GOOD

Corresponding Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations:
 
CGE1d Develops attitudes and values founded on Catholic social teaching and acts to promote social responsibility, human solidarity and the common good
CGE1e Speaks the language of life... "recognizing that life is an unearned gift and that a person entrusted with life does not own it but that one is called to protect and cherish it." (Witnesses to Faith)
CGE1g Understands that one's purpose or call in life comes from God and strives to discern and live out this call throughout life's journey
CGE2e Uses and integrates the Catholic faith tradition, in the critical analysis of the arts, media, technology and information systems to enhance the quality of life
CGE3c Thinks reflectively and creatively to evaluate situations and solve problems
CGE3d Makes decisions in light of gospel values with an informed moral conscience
CGE3e Adopts a holistic approach to life by integrating learning from various subject areas and experience
CGE3f Examines, evaluates and applies knowledge of interdependent systems (physical, political, ethical, socioeconomic and ecological) for the development of a just and compassionate society
CGE4f Applies effective communication, decision-making, problem-solving, time and resource management skill
CGE7b Accepts accountability for one's own actions
CGE7e Witnesses Catholic social teaching by promoting equality, democracy, and solidarity for a just, peaceful and compassionate society
CGE7i Respects the environment and uses resources wisely
CGE7j Contributes to the common good