And When YOU Give Alms…

From the Parish PriestFr. Romey Rosco

An old priest in the inner city had spent his life with the poor.  A young priest asked him what he should get his mother for Mother’s Day.

“Two dozen roses,” he replied.  “Why two dozen?”  “Because everyone gives a dozen.”

There are some of us who take a dim view of generosity, as though we must always measure out or money and goods with a sad or worried face.

Generous giving to others (yes, even to strangers!) is part of a refreshing attitude toward all material things: “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.”  Treat the goods of this earth with a free spirit.  Enjoy them and make sure that others can enjoy them, too.

Almsgiving (or “charitable” giving) is one of the three traditional practices of Great Lent.  Generous giving to churches, charities and to others in need is a powerful way of acknowledging that everything we have comes from God.  It should improve the way we look at life itself.

From The Weekly Bulletin, Vol. XXXIX No. 14, 1 April 2012
Sts. Peter & Paul Romanian Orthodox Church, Dearborn Heights MI

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