In their pastoral letter “Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, ” the U.S. bishops define the Christian steward as “one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.”
Since the 2002 publication of the bishops’ letter, there has been an increase in the number of organizations designed to help Catholics answer the call to stewardship. One of these groups is Faith Direct (FaithDirect.net), whose electronic-giving program allows parishioners to support their church through automatic contributions. Faith Direct works the same way as other electronic-funds transfer systems, providing a simple and hassle-free way for Catholics to donate to the Church.
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