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Almsgiving

MEDITATION:

Written by Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916), a cavalry officer in the French Army, an explorer and geographer, and later a Catholic priest hermit who lived in Algeria. This is an excerpt from his book “Meditations of a Hermit.”

Don’t economize in almsgiving—cut off nothing in charities, rather increase them if anything. “Give and it shall be given to you.” “In the measure that you do to others so shall it be done to you. What you give to the poor you give to me.” The best way of always having enough is to share generously with the poor, seeing in them the representatives of Jesus himself. And then be full of confidence. “He who gives life will also give the nourishment. He who gave the body will give the clothing. Seek the Kingdom of God and his Justice (that is to say, perfection) and the rest shall be given unto you.” This is said for all Christians and not only for monks. Be full of confidence. Keep yourself from all anxiety.

PRAYER:

Written by Peter Ainslie (1867-1934), a minister and strong advocate of Christian unity, world peace, racial inclusiveness, social justice, Jewish-Christian dialogue, and liberal Christianity.

Blessed Father, you are above all in gifts, and out of your giving you have taught me the way to a fuller identification of myself with you. Not only your gift of Jesus and your gift of the Spirit, but every day your gifts are given to me like manna in the wilderness. All I have belongs to you, and of my money I am only a trustee. Command its use as shall please you, and give me the experience of the giver’s joy. Let me see clearly the sin of covetousness and deepen my hatred of its practice. In the name of your unspeakable Gift be praise and dominion forever. Amen.

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