Thank you for prioritizing St. Anne in your generous giving. Your consistency provides stability, strength and support to our mission. Lives are being changed because of your generosity!
Each of us is called to make a contribution that is uniquely ours to make. If we don't make our contribution, some part of God's plan will remain undone. This video, made by the Diocese of Corpus Christi for the 2011 Catholic Stewardship Appeal, shows us the spirituality that is at the base of financially supporting St. Anne:
One Church, one Mission
Since the foundation of the Church it's been the tradition of the Christian community to share goods because the believers were all of “one heart and mind" (Acts 4:32). One of the principal tasks of the apostles in the early Church was to collect goods and redistribute them in an equitable way: “There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need." (Acts 4:34-35). St. Justin, one of the early Church Fathers, wrote, “Those who are well off, and who are also willing, give as each chooses. What is gathered is given to him who presides to assist orphans and widows, those whom illness or any other cause has deprived of resources, prisoners, immigrants, and in a word, all who are in need."
In the book of Genesis, God gives humans awesome power and responsibility. First, he makes them in his own divine image and likeness. Then he commands them to “Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth." (Gn 1:28) Humanity is called by God to stewardship as a way of life. In it they presented the essential link between being a Catholic and living a life of stewardship as an expression of the call to discipleship.
“... It is more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35)
Giving is a great sign of happiness, we return to God what he generously gave to us! The truth is, the more you give, the happier you'll be. God blesses those who give cheerfully (2 Cor 9:6-7). We should give careful consideration of what we earn, and determine how much we're willing to return to God. St. Paul exhorted the Corinthians to give on the first day of every week (1 Cor 9:6-7). Giving is a sacrificial part of our worship.