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A generous heart is a treasure to the world.  Many people have a generous heart, but do not know how to express it. 


We sometimes think that giving to others is about sacrifice.  Beware of the kind of sacrifice where you give up what you do not want to lose, depriving yourself of what matters to you; the result is likely to be resentment and that resentment will undermine your gift.  Generosity should not leave us feeling bad.  Making a sacrifice must be done with eyes wide open and feeling love rather than sadness.


The best gifts  come from an inner desire to give to someone else and leaves both the giver and the receiver feeling good.  Generosity brings the giver and the receiver closer together, if only for a moment.  When we are truly generous, we give because we want to and we give with gratitude that we have something to give. 



Thoughts about Service


“Never worry about numbers.  Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” -  Mother Teresa


“I expect to pass through life but once.  If therefore, there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”  - William Penn


“Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.” - Albert Schweitzer


“Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you’ve done unto me.” - Jesus as recorded in Matthew 25:40


“Unselfish acts are the real miracles out of which all the reported miracles grow.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson



The Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.”



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