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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