GENEROSITY Take the time

In a Maryknoll Pocket Book of Prayer, the following is the beginning of a prayer entitled GENEROSITY:
God, Grant me generosity
Of spirit. Let me not
Think solely of myself today, but
Make the effort and take the time
To touch another’s life.
How would you “take the time to touch another’s life”?

You ask: *How would you “take the time to touch another’s life”? *
Kind words, a smile, encouragement, assistance, respect, and in prayer that trusts God’s grace to be the actual element that touches others lives in any and all good deeds and intentions

A Divine Word missionary wrote the following, inspiring us to love of others, even in the smallest gestures of human kindness.

BUT

It was only a sunny smile,
And little it cost in the giving;
But it scattered the night
Like morning light,
And made the day worth living.
Through life’s dark warp a woof it wove
In shining colors of hope and love;
And the angels smiled as they watched above,
Yet little it cost in the giving.

It was only a kindly word, a word that was lightly spoken;
But not in vain,
For it stilled the pain
Of a heart that was nearly broken
It strengthened a faith beset with fears,
And groping blindly through mists of tears,
For light to brighten the coming years,
Although it was lightly spoken.

It was only a helping hand
And it seemed of little availing;
But its clasp was warm,
And it saved from harm
A brother whose strength was failing.
Its touch was tender as angels’ wings
But it rolled the stone from the hidden springs
And pointed the way to higher things,
Though it seemed of little availing.

Consider a convenience store, in these places of business, it is not altogether necessary to enter and take for yourself. It is possible to offer your money to someone’s will from your proposal. Seventy times out of Seventy-seven times the soul will not accept your offer of generosity, but the opening of the heart occurs everytime in the state of grace.

Was it not in the message of St. Faustina, that in this time we should do at least one deed of mercy, every day. And wow! These days it could be convenient!

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