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My family . . . the blessings of my life!
Sean, Mackenzie, Pat (hubby), me, Jeneah

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Generosity ... Almsgiving

It is sad to see what some people understand by almsgiving: a few pennies or some old clothes. They seem not to have read the Gospel.

Don't be over-cautious: help people to acquire sufficient faith and fortitude to be ready to deny themselves generously, in this life, what they need.

To those who lag behind, explain that it is neither very noble nor very agreeable, even from an earthly point of view, to wait for the last moment, when they will be obliged to take nothing with them.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #26

As I read the above reflection, I thought of the many ways of almsgiving. We are all created unique by God, therefore, our call to giving will also be unique. The question is, are we denying ourselves generously for others? For God's kingdom?

Let us not wait to the last moment when we will be obliged to take *nothing* with us.

Almsgiving is the duty of all...

Some are called to give money...

Some are called to give money by sponsoring children or aged adults that desperately need help to survive...
(One of my favorite organizations is CFCA - website HERE

Some are called to give their time and talents in missionary life...

Mother Teresa, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, continues to be a great example of giving of self because of Christ's call to give our all, no matter the cost of self-denial, to those in need.

God asks us all to deny ourselves for the sake of His kingdom...

How is He calling you to be generous to others?

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Dedication to Jesus
Lord Jesus Christ, take away my freedom, my memory, my understanding, and my will. All that I have and cherish you have given me. I surrender it all to be guided by your will. Your love and your grace are wealth enough for me. Give me these, Lord Jesus, and I ask for nothing more. Amen.
St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

St. Teresa of Avila
“For mental prayer…is nothing more than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much…Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.”

St. Thérèse of Lisieux
"...So I sought in holy Scripture some idea of what this life I wanted would be, and I read these words: 'Whosoever is a little one, come to me.' It is your arms, Jesus, that are the lift to carry me to heaven. And so there is no need for me to grow up; I must stay little and become less and less."

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.