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Thursday, August 9, 2007
God loves a cheerful giver
Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Easier said than done but we have the Divine Energy within us that makes all possible!
God invites us to be cheerful in our daily dyings. Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Jesus calls us to serve him in joy. For some reason I am reminded of the prayer attributed to St. Ignatius:
Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.
And may it be done in joy! Remember, God loves a cheerful giver!!