Giving to Others with No Expectations. In Giving We Receive!

Catholics, just like other Christians believe in giving to others out of love for our Heavenly Father, without any expectation of anything in return. We can give not only of our material and financial resources, but also of our works of mercy and our time in service, attention when listening to others, showing respect, sharing joy, showing compassion and understanding, being a companion or friend in times of need, kindness and random acts of kindness, simply smiling and saying 'hello' and 'have a great day!". All of these little things are so easy and yet can really help another out in some way. Whatever each of our talents and gifts that we are blessed with in our lives is that which we need to give to others!

Our Lord teaches us that we should not keep track or calculate how much we give and then expect the same in return. We will receive in ABUNDANCE through the Lord in Heaven!

The more we give, the RICHER in spirit we become, not richer in the pocket. Christ is the reason for our generosity towards others. We may not see the immediate fruits of our giving, but we need to TRUST in the Lord that those fruits will manifest.

Charity is PATIENT; charity knows how to wait says Fernandez in "In Conversation With God". We need to remember the ultimate sacrifice and gift that our Lord gave up for us: His very own life so that we may be forgiven and have eternal life! Nothing we can give will ever equal his generosity! Give completely and selflessly for the Lord alone and not what you think you'll get back in return.

We also need to be cheerful and not resentful when we give (2 Cor 9:7). The Lord delights in those who give with JOY!!!!

With the holidays approaching and the economy so difficult for most of us, lets see how we can lift up our own spirits by remembering that there is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, someone who is less fortunate than ourselves and who is in some type of need. Lets give and not worry about what we're going to get in return. Lets make someone's day a little better somehow. If each of us did this, what a better place the world would be in which to live. Indeed, our generosity, charity, and kindness will help others understand our beautiful Catholic faith much better!

I would love it if those of you who are reading this post, would write to me and post a comment as to how you show charity towards others or random acts of kindness. I promise that I'll post them to share with all.

I wish you a beautiful, faith-filled, charitable afternoon,


~ Bella
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