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  • Learning the Lessons of Lazarus and the Rich Man

    03/16/2017 7:42:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Learning the Lessons of Lazarus and the Rich Man Msgr. Charles Pope • March 15, 2017 • The well-known story of Lazarus and the rich man was read at Mass this morning (Thursday of the Second Week of Lent). On one level the message of the story seems plain enough: neglecting the poor is a damnable sin. However, there are other important teachings: about death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Those teachings are hidden in the details, but the subtlety is part of the story’s beauty. Let’s take a look at some of the teachings, beginning with the obvious one....
  • China least generous country in the world: poll

    10/28/2016 5:30:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    China is the least generous country in the world, according to a worldwide survey on generosity by the Charities Aid Foundation. The 2016 CAF World Giving Index is based on a poll of 1,000 respondents from 140 countries and regions, asking them if in the last month they helped a stranger, donated money to charity or volunteered their time. China ranked 140th place in the poll, behind Palestine, Yemen, Greece and the Democratic Republic of Congo, lifestyle website Shanghaiist reports. [] Myanmar tops the index for the third year running with a score of 70 percent, followed by the United...
  • Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin A Homily for the 26th Sunday

    09/25/2016 7:26:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 68 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin – A Homily for the 26th Sunday Msgr. Charles Pope • September 24, 2016 • The Rich Man and the Poor Lazarus by Hendrick ter BrugghenIn the Gospel for today about the rich man and Lazarus the Lord gives us some important teachings on judgment and Hell. We live in times in which many consider the teachings on Hell to be untenable. They struggle to understand how a God described as loving, merciful, and forgiving can assign certain souls to Hell forever. Despite the fact that the Doctrine of Hell is taught...
  • Family texts wrong number about birth of baby, strangers show up at hospital with gifts

    03/26/2016 8:41:13 PM PDT · by exDemMom · 24 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/21/16 | Hope Jensen
    A hilarious text mix-up about a newborn led to a sweet moment between strangers. A woman who intended to text family members about the birth of her baby accidentally texted a complete stranger. ... Williams congratulated the family and told them they had the wrong number, but the texts kept coming. ... Instead of just ignoring the texts, Williams replied: Well I dont know yall but me and the boys will be thru to take (a) picture with the baby. ... Williams came through on the promise. He and his brother showed up at the hospital to see the family...
  • The Widow's Offering

    09/30/2015 10:08:06 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 1 replies
    The Richest Woman in the WorldMother Theresa of Calcutta took a bag of rice for a poor Hindu woman to feed her starving family.The woman could hardly wait to thank Mother Theresa, pouring half the bag into another bag, slipping out the door, and giving it to her Muslim woman neighbor whose children were starving even worse than her.The Richest Woman in the World.And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two...
  • The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic (Catholic Caucus)

    03/14/2015 9:01:13 AM PDT · by rwa265 · 5 replies ^ | 2012 | Matthew Kelly
    THE BOOK As human beings we are constantly engaging and disengaging in everything we do. We engage and disengage at work, in marriage, as parents, in our quest for health and well-being, in personal finances, environmentally, politically, and, of course, we engage or disengage spiritually. If you walk into any Catholic church next Sunday and look around, you will discover that some people are highly engaged, others are massively disengaged, and the majority are somewhere in between. Why? What is the difference between highly engaged Catholics and disengaged Catholics? Answering this question is essential to the future of the Catholic...
  • Science Says Lasting Relationships Come Down To 2 Basic Traits

    11/10/2014 8:44:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/10/2014 | EMILY ESFAHANI SMITH, THE ATLANTIC
    Science says lasting relationships come down toyou guessed it -- KINDNESS and GENEROSITY. Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the year, about 13,000 American couples will say I do, committing to a lifelong relationship that will be full of friendship, joy, and love that will carry them forward to their final days on this earth. Except, of course, it doesnt work out that way for most people. The majority of marriages fail, either ending in divorce and separation or devolving into bitterness and dysfunction. Of all the people who get married, only three in ten remain...
  • Charlottean flying to northern Iraq to help refugees

    10/04/2014 7:37:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 10/3/2014 | Joe Marusak
    Charlotte philanthropist Bahman Maalizadeh refuses to stand by as refugees flee Islamic State militants in the Middle East. On Saturday, he will fly to the Kurdish region of northern Iraq to deliver five to 10 truckloads of medicine, food and other supplies to Yazidi and Christian refugees.
  • Even Jesus Sometimes said No.

    05/20/2014 2:07:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/19/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the struggles that many Christians experience is that the needs around us are so great, and yet we are limited, both in personal strength, and in resources. And, lurking in the back of our mind, is a notion that whatever the problem, Jesus would always help and so should we. But, then, is it always wrong to say no when there is need?It is a true fact, Jesus was quite generous with his time, attention, and resources. We too are counseled to be rich in mercy and kindness, expansive in our charity and to be willing to forsake...
  • Man Leaves $1,000 Tip for Dog's Surgery

    04/25/2014 7:16:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/24/14 | Daphne Sashin
    Good people, not to mention good tippers, do exist. Christina Summitt knows that for sure now after what happened Saturday night. The paw-print tattoo on Summitt's wrist often leads to conversations with strangers about her love of animals; she's a volunteer with a pit bull rescue group and spends lots of time finding homes for animals of all kinds. While tending bar at the Holiday Inn in Clinton, New Jersey, Summitt got to chatting with a friendly couple before the night got busy. The man asked her if she had dogs of her own; she confided that her "baby," a...
  • Hunters Feeding the Hungry This Holiday Season

    12/26/2013 6:34:13 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies ^ | 12/25/2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Thanks to the generous donations from hunters this holiday season, many people are not going hungry and will instead be able to enjoy a healthy, hot, protein filled meal.
  • The Spirit of Generosity

    12/27/2012 7:54:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | December 27, 2012 | Ed Feulner
    Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were all my business. Americans, it seems, truly take Jacob Marleys ghostly warning to Ebenezer Scrooge to heart -- not only at Christmas time, but throughout the year. Indeed, overall we are the most generous people on earth. The U.S. economy is responsible for a little more one-fifth of the world's total GDP, yet Americans give more in charity to the less fortunate than the rest of the world put together. We donated more than $300 billion in 2009, despite the economic downturn. This...
  • Inverted Morality

    11/03/2012 6:39:30 PM PDT · by Alex Baker · 3 replies ^ | Oct. 30 2012 | Bryce Buchanan
    Inverted Morality Dinesh DSouza recently debated Michael Shermer at Oregon State University. The debate topic was, Is Christianity Good for American Politics. DSouza is an author, educator and, most recently, the creator of the movie, 2016: Obamas America. Shermer is the founder and publisher of Skeptic Magazine. This short clip conveys two very important points about morality and political philosophy. Dinesh has the same ability that Milton Friedman had to clearly explain complex ideas. Compulsion removes the virtue from human interactions. Free choice is a pre-requisite of moral action. Dinesh make good use of the wagon analogy. There are people...
  • Stingy Liberals

    08/23/2012 6:52:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | August 22, 2012 | Jeff Jacoby
    There are 366 major metropolitan areas in the United States, and a comprehensive new study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy ranks them on the basis of generosity -- the percentage of income the median household in each city gives to charity. According to the Chronicle, the most generous city in America is Provo, Utah, where residents typically give away 13.9 percent of their discretionary income. Boston, by contrast, ranks No. 358: In New England's leading city, the median household donates just 2.9 percent of its income to charity. Provo's generosity is typical for its region. Of the 10 most generous...
  • The survey says ... liberals are stingier

    12/23/2008 5:28:09 AM PST · by rhema · 55 replies · 877+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 12/23/2008 | Nicholas Kristof
    This holiday season is a time to examine who's been naughty and who's been nice, but I'm unhappy with my findings. The problem is this: We liberals are personally stingy. Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous government spending to help the neediest people at home and abroad. Yet, when it comes to individual contributions to charitable causes, liberals are cheapskates. Arthur Brooks, the author of a book on donors to charity, "Who Really Cares," cites data that households headed by conservatives give 30 percent more to charity than households headed by liberals. A study by Google found an...
  • Dolores Hope supported Catholic causes: Bob Hope's widow was a lifelong Catholic.

    09/24/2011 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Arlington Catholic Herald.Catholic News Service ^ | September 2011 | Catholic News Service
    Dolores Hope supported Catholic causes Bob Hope's widow was a lifelong Catholic. By Catholic News Service Dolores Hope (right) was responsible for the conversion of her husband, Bob, to Catholicism. She died Sept. 19 at the age of 102. By Catholic News Service LOS ANGELES Dolores Hope, a lifelong Catholic who was the widow of comedian Bob Hope and an entertainer in her own right, died Sept. 19 at age 102 at her home in Toluca Lake outside of Los Angeles. A family spokesman said she died of natural causes. "Dolores Hope was a Catholic of deep and...
  • OSEOLA MCCARTY DONATES $150,000 TO Southern Miss

    10/23/2010 6:19:42 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 9 replies
    University fo Southern Mississippi ^ | June 26, 1995 | Sharon Wertz
    Note: This is the original story released about Miss McCarty's gift. Released: June 26, 1995. HATTIESBURG -- Oseola McCarty's lined, brown hands, now gnarled with arthritis, bear mute testimony to a lifetime spent washing and ironing other people's clothes. Less evident is how this quiet, 87-year-old black woman came to donate $150,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi. "I want to help somebody's child go to college," Miss McCarty said. "I just want it to go to someone who will appreciate it and learn. I'm old and I'm not going to live always." McCarty's gift establishes an endowed Oseola McCarty...
  • To the nightmare of Haiti, the Americans are coming

    01/13/2010 11:20:05 PM PST · by bogusname · 36 replies · 1,468+ views
    CFP ^ | January 13, 2010 | Judi McLeod
    In the nightmare of Haiti, Americans were first to respond just as Americans have always responded, recession-bound or not. This is the giving spirit of America in action. Not waiting for anyone else, just doing what is necessary to help, without boasts, without expecting anything back. Simply America. America has always been there for others and always will be. Even a falling-in-the-polls President Obama whose conduct since election has been to belittle the spirit of America and its people is cashing in today on that generosity, promising to a shocked and grief stricken people his unwavering support and a swift...
  • Lowe's donates $25K to help bring soldiers home

    12/18/2009 5:06:26 PM PST · by Stonewall Jackson · 39 replies · 1,345+ views
    WBTV ^ | Dec. 10, 2009 | Staff
    Fort Mill, SC (WBTV) In this season of giving, retail giant Lowe's Home Improvement donated $25,000 to help bring 200 soldiers home for the holidays. The company's generosity is making it possible for Pierson Young's husband to be there for their baby girl, Addison's first Christmas. "We're very excited," said Young. "When he left last time, she wasn't holding her head up on her own and now she can almost sit by herself," she said. "And all these new things we get to share with Daddy. Milestones that I was afraid he was going to miss--but is now going...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: POVERTY OF SHARING, 12-12-09

    12/12/2009 1:41:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies · 387+ views ^ | 12-12-09 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):POVERTY OF SHARING The voluntary sacrifice of one's possessions for the common good of a community. All means of support and activity are provided by the group. Practiced in the Church since apostolic times, it is described by St. Luke as one of the effects of receiving the Holy Spirit: "The faithful all lived together and owned everything in common; they sold their goods and possessions and shared out proceeds among themselves according to what each one needed" (Acts 2:44-45). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life....