Christian discipleship involves many elements, beginning with our response in faith to the Lord’s invitation. In Stewardship: A Disciple's Response; A Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, our Bishops remind us that stewardship is indeed part of the disciple’s life. Like the original disciples, each person brings a kaleidoscope of talent, treasure and spiritual depth in responding to the Lord’s call as Catholics. At the same time, true discipleship must always be grounded in the imitation of Christ — the model for all believers. Hence our lives reflect Him in how we live out our faith in a life founded on prayer, especially the sacramental life of the Church.
The Father’s intent was the restoration of our heritage as God’s children, the redemptive sacrifice to atone for all sins and the proclamation of salvation (mercy) to be found in Jesus alone.