Thought of the day
Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day Saint Bernadine of Siena (1380-1444), Franciscan A treatise on almsgiving “Invite the poor”

Monday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day 
Saint Bernadine of Siena (1380-1444), Franciscan 
A treatise on almsgiving
“Invite the poor”

      Give your alms with joy. May everything you do for love of God sing with joy, not of tedium. For it is written: “A depressed spirit dries up the bones” (Prv 17:22). Which means that, when the poor knock on your door and you hold out your donation grudgingly, then your merit has melted away before you’ve even crossed the threshold. You should give it happily, with your heart, your words, your deeds. 

      When a beggar comes to your house and begs an alms for love of God, say to him willingly: “Welcome!” In this way you will show him that your gift is made gladly, with your heart, your words, your welcoming expression and readiness. A kind word to accompany your donation gives more happiness than you can imagine. How precious it becomes when you offer it ungrudgingly and prove it by a gentle word.