We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.Former U.S. President Barack Obama
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance…St. Francis of Assisi
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land. Deuteronomy 15:11
Today at the Vatican, Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa of Calcutta as the newest Saint of the Catholic Church. Her charitable works have been noted in history and she made her community and the world a better place. Her life was focused on helping the poor and needy which has inspired many to do the same.
At church this morning my Sunday school class said this prayer that is attributed to her.
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough.
Give the best you’ve got anyway.
in the final analysis it is between you and God;
it was never between you and them anyway.
Don’t give to a political candidate in 2016. There are millions of dollars being spent in this campaign and the return on investment isn’t all that good. Just think about all the money being spent in this election cycle that could be put to good use to do the most good. There are alternatives and choices that would benefit people in need. Please consider giving to a college, an orphanage, a place of worship or homeless shelter or shelter for women in crisis. The homeless could use some of that to help get back on their feet as well as a unemployed person.
Maybe the best solution for our problems can lie outside of politics and in direct help to those in need. I think the political machine is too big and perhaps our election cycle is too long and too complicated. Democracy is expensive too. Charity and philanthropy are two ways to impact many people quickly. Think about all this as America goes to the polls.
We are in a season of giving and receiving and it is better to give than receive. Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
Whether it be through a monetary donation or acts of service today is a day for all of us to give back a little of what we have been blessed with. For more info visit http://www.givingtuesday.org/ to see how you can give.