A Glass of Water
Just moments ago someone posted this question on our blog:
“I just found your page and was quite disturbed why all the pleas for money. I appreciate your service for Our Lord. I am puzzled, why you aren’t given all that you need to live by from grace without begging.”
Although it is a thought-provoking question, it is not useful, because it pulls one’s attention in the direction of a dead end. Why? Because it is a thought promoting further thinking
instead of inspiration promoting gratitude and the acts which meet the need. The thought suggests that something is wrong, and taken to its logical conclusion, it leads to convoluted and complicated thoughts of guilt which can motivate acts that meet the need, but for the wrong reason.
Love and Its extension is the movement of this work which Paul and I, together with all of you who have joined with us, are engaged in, and it is Love which “inspires, illumines, designates and leads the way,” not guilt. Nor is it the fulfilling of some conceptual definition of “spiritual correctness” which doesn’t include “begging.”
If you are thirsty, you ask for a glass of water. You don’t complicate it by calling it begging . . . although you can. You don’t complicate it by gathering together others and mutually agreeing that “self-sufficiency” is an ideal to use as a standard of behavior, which means you shouldn’t have to ask for a glass of water and thus involve anyone else in an act of caring, an extension of Love . . . although you can.
The point is that we don’t complicate what is simple. When we’re not thirsty, we don’t ask for a glass of water. When we are, we do. When someone asks us for a drink, we give it, and when no one asks us, we stand ready . . . and we don’t think about it! That is the way Love works. And that is what we teach.
It is interesting that just two minutes before Paul sat down with me to post this notice of need for the month of April, the above message was posted on the blog, offering the real-time opportunity to inspire with the clarity and meaning of Gift. April is one of the two months of the year when property taxes fall due, significantly increasing the need. This month it amounts to $7,350 and is in addition to the $5,000 which normally comes due on the 20th. Everyone’s ongoing support is invited, valued, appreciated and needed.
Thank you to every one of you who offer a glass of water when it is needed, keeping our Gift alive and the outreach extending. The increasing numbers of visitors to our website and blog from the Middle East, Africa and the countries most affected by the migrant situation testify to the value of your Gift.
Thank you again.
April 3rd, 2016
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