The Gift of Generosity
“The Church makes a moral judgment about economic and social matters, ‘when the fundamental rights of the person or the salvation of souls requires it.’” (CCC 2419)
Any system in which social teaching proposes principles for reflection; it provides criteria for judgment; it gives guidelines for action. (CCC 2423)
This action is to be generous to those who are poor, for God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them. Read Jesus teaching:
Give to him who begs from you
Do not refuse him who would borrow from you You received without pay, give without pay.
John Chrysostom teaches us:
Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs. (CCC 2446)
Sharing and serving others is God’s reward for those who love. For those who do not love — that is to be generous — the reward is selfishness.
Selfishness leads to inversion; that is, my whole life is about me and my needs. Its makes me small and feeble. It makes me so self-centered I cannot see the needs and necessities of others. It is my way always!
Whereas selflessness is all about conversion, expanding yourself as the Spirit leads you.
Today Secular Western Civilization promotes and produces self-centered people. Christianity promotes selfless people who give their lives to the other.
Jesus invites us every day to give of ourselves.
- To give to our spouse our whole self,
- To give to our employee a full day’s work,
- To give to our Church the full tithe,
- To give to the poor our friendship, encouragement and prayer!
- To give to God your life!
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Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
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