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Monday, June 8, 2009

Most Modern-day Christians are Giving from Abundance

Fr. Andre Louf

Jesus was elated over the poor widow who offered two copper coins … Why did he rate these gifts so highly? “She from her poverty, put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” It is the same for us: whatever we give of all the things that belong to us [money, time, talent, etc.] … still we are only giving from our abundance. It will always remain hard and even painful for us to give from our poverty. To give everything to Jesus always means to give from our poverty and that is not an easy thing to do. But it is precisely what Jesus expects from us all … To give from our poverty is first to know that we are poor, that we have discovered in ourselves the wound for which no one is responsible but which for ever makes us utterly poor indeed, poor to a degree we would not dare admit it to ourselves … The widow accepts the fact that she just wants to give what she has because Jesus looked at her and accepted her as she was. Happy are those who dare to give from their poverty: in the eyes of Jesus, they have given everything they have.

Fr. Andre Louf is former abbot of the Cistercian monastery in
Mont-des-Cats, France.

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