The novel “The Ultimate Gift” tells the story of a spoiled young man. His wealthy grandfather’s will stipulates that he must give one gift a day for a month before he can receive his inheritance. So one day he donates blood, he then watches a neighbor’s children, and another he delivers meals to the needy. As a result of these acts of kindness he discovers that when you give out of love you receive as well, even more than you started with.
God wants us to also experience the blessings of giving. When we give we have an outward focus that helps us see the needs of people around us. This helps us to be less concerned about ourselves. As we give we become less attached to our possessions and we become more at peace. As we learn to trust less of our material wealth, we grow in our trust of God.
The season of giving is drawing near. As we give to others this year let us try to give in a way that stretches us a little this year. Offer help to an elderly neighbor rather than asking them how they are doing. Or try giving a little extra to the parish. They certainly need it as a result of the pandemic. Whatever you decide, trust that the fruits of your generosity will flow not just to those receiving your gift but to you as well !
DeColores, Deacon Doug
Join us in prayer!
We encourage you to join us as we recite the Holy Rosary every night at 8PM! On Wednesdays, we pray the rosary via Zoom with the rector and rectora.
Resources for those not able to attend Mass
Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Prayers, readings for Mass, and additional spiritual readings are available at:
“Give Us This Day” a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. Visit GUTD.net and select “Digital” in the upper right of the screen.