Acts of Generosity are a Source of Blessing

October 26, 2017

The following is my weekly letter to the parent community of Bishop Chatard High School

For this week’s message, I would like to share a post from the Integrated Catholic Life website:

Helping others is a foundational part of Catholic teaching.  It is our obligation and our duty.  But, do we ever stop and consider our attitudes and approach when offering that help? Do we offer those in need a sincere smile and make them feel special, as we would desire someone to act if we needed help?

I would grade myself a C+ and see significant room for improvement.  On occasion, I have allowed fatigue, stress, selfishness and my busy schedule to form obstacles to allowing my joy and genuine desire to help others shine through.  I own this and am determined to be more mindful of it in my prayers and at Reconciliation.

How about you?  When our kids need homework help after a long and tiring day, do they see us at our best or our worst?  Do we make a call to the friend in career transition and offer encouragement?  Do we cook a meal for our sick neighbor?  Do our co-workers feel comfortable coming to us when they are struggling?  Do we pray for those in need?

We have countless opportunities during the week to help others and how we respond makes all the difference.  To see this as a burden is to completely miss the point of selfless giving.  We should also turn this around and consider how we would like it if we felt others only helped us in our hour of need out of a reluctant sense of duty.  Let’s pray that we bring more genuine joy to our opportunities to serve others and remember that acts of generosity are a source of blessing to the giver as well as the receiver.


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