Laudato Si’ Reflection: Give Generously

Matthew 6:2-6

“So, when you give alms, do not have it trumpeted before you; this is what the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win human admiration. In truth I tell you, they have had their reward. But when you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing; your almsgiving must be secret, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.”

Laudato si’ #220

“This conversion calls for a number of attitudes which together foster a spirit of generous care, full of tenderness. First, it entails gratitude and gratuitousness, a recognition that the world is God’s loving gift, and that we are called quietly to imitate his generosity in self-sacrifice and good works: “Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing… and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Mt 6:3-4). It also entails a loving awareness that we are not disconnected from the rest of creatures, but joined in a splendid universal communion. As believers, we do not look at the world from without but from within, conscious of the bonds with which the Father has linked us to all beings. By developing our individual, God-given capacities, an ecological conversion can inspire us to greater creativity and enthusiasm in resolving the world’s problems and in offering ourselves to God “as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable” (Rom 12:1). “

Action

This Lent over 60 people across Portsmouth Diocese generously gave up their time to fundraise for CAFOD by taking part in the Walk for Water 10,000 steps a day challenge. Some walked early in the morning , during their lunch hour or as a group combining their daily steps to reach 400,000 steps which is roughly 200 miles by the end of Lent. A grand total of 10,200 miles was walked and £30,500 was raised – just amazing!

Although we need your gifts of money to support projects overseas we also need your time and your commitment to help the poorest communities around the world lift themselves out of poverty. So maybe you could volunteer with CAFOD we have a variety of roles and we always need help to promote our Harvest and Lent fast days each year. Or take part in our Reclaim Our Common Home Campaign by signing our petition to the Prime Minister click here and meeting with your MP to discuss how we can put the poorest people at the heart of the G7 and COP26 talks this year.

“Saint Therese of Lisieux invites us to practise the little way of love, not to miss out on a kind word, a smile or any small gesture which sows peace and friendship. An integral ecology is also made up of simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness.”  #230 Laudato si’

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