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The Message - for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana II View Point By rUSTIN CLEMENTS Development Director Diocese of Evansville The quiet reve,lution: A tale of good and bad news Once upon a time there was a small band of True Believers They had received a special call om The Master, heard His Message, and lovingly tollowed Him. After The Master s death, the True Believers vowed to keep His Message alive. Their dedication and enthusiasm were so strong that ]any others joined them -- at first hundreds, then thousands, then millions! Before long The Master s Message had spread throughout the world! 1 As followers of The Master, True Believers ew they were specially blessed -- and for this they were most grateful. They showed their gratitude by giving freely of the gifts they had ceived from The Master and His Omnipotent .;ather, gifts known as Time, Talent and Treasure. _Y Caring and Sharing they kept the community of True Believers strong and encouraged others to join their happy family. Then slowly, and at first imperceptibly, an Evil Spirit crept into the hearts of True Believers; Qarin8 and Sharing began to be replaced by Self- indulgence and Se)f-interest. A few Wise Sages recognized the Evil Spirit immediately and warned or the consequences of following its lead, but no ne heeded their warning. Soon many True elievers were more interested in Getting and I%eping than Caring and Sharing. And they Couldn't understand why they were increasingly Unhappy and beset with worries and woes. B Suddenly Prophets appeared among the True elievers These Prophets began a Quiet Revolu- tion to break the spell of the Evil Spirit and turn True Believers away from Getting and Keeping hack to Caring and Sharing. And, dear reader, this ,volution is happening even as you read these Ib=..* words, especially if you live in the land known as Southwestern Indiana. It's happening within com- munities of True Believers through a program call- ed Parish Stewardship Renewal. (NOTE: At this point your brain is making an abrupt transition from a "fairy tale" fantasy to the real world. Welcome back!) What is this Quiet Revolution of Stewardship Renewal? It is a return to our Christian roots, a reminder to live The Master's Message, not just to hear it. It's a time when parishioners review the many blessings they have received from God, feel gratitude for them, and return to Him a portion of their Time, Talent and Treasure to keep our Catholic community alive and flourishing. By focusing on one aspect of stewardship, charitable giving (stewardship of treasure), we can see how Catholics have drifted away from the in- tense Caring and Sharing of our Christian ancestors. Consider total charitable giving in the U.S.: households with less than $10,000 income con- tribute an average of 2.8 percent of income to charity, compared to 1.5 percent for households with $50,000-$100,000 annual incomes. Almost one haft of all charitable contributions come from households with annual incomes below $30,000. Consider contributions to religious organiza- tions: Protestants give an average of 2.2 percent of income to their churches; Catholics give an average of 1.1 percent (average Catholic giving in the mid-seventies was 1.6 percent of income and in the mid-sixties was 2.2 percent. Protestant giv- ing has remained constant at 2.2 percent during CAN YOU HELP? Call 424-2555 VO'U.TEERS ARE NEEDED Birthright this same period.) Average annual gifts to religious organizations in the U.S., per contributing household, was $715 in 1987, which is approximately the same as the average annual gift per contributing family in our diocese for the same year. This is roughly equivalent to a family with an income of $30,000 per year giving 2.4 percent of its income as its stewardship of treasure. Although it appears we southwestern Indiana Catholics are giving at an average or slightly better than average level, recent surveys show that nearly half of the Catholics in our diocese do not attend church on a regular basis -- and also do not support their parishes. Com- placency is not in order! The message in all of these data is clear: we need to periodically assess our life's priorities and rekindle that spirit of Caring and Sharing that The Master laid as the foundation of the community of True Believers. This is exactly what is happening in more than 30 parishes of our diocese through the Quiet Revolution of Parish Stewardship Renewal. At least once a year, parishioners are invited to prayerfully and gratefully consider the gifts and blessings they have received from God -- their Time, Talent and Treasure -- and then to return to Him a reasonable portion as part of their steward- ship commitment. Our goal is to again make good stewardship a way of life, as it was for the first True Believers. Through The Master's Message of Hope, which is fueled by Faith and driven by Love, we can, once again, live the fantasy! I i!iiii!ilili!ii!i FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE H.G. FISCHER RT 1 ST. ANTHONY Please patronize businesses which advertise in the M, ............... The church surrounds the sacred rites with the most beautiful of prayers and the most consoling of anointings and blessings. 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