When we spend all our energy trying to make more money, we sometimes lose sight of what we should do with all that money. Usually, the inordinate desire for money (greed) stems from fear – fear of not having enough money to live comfortably. That fear is the devil at work on your weak spot. The devil tells you that you can only rely on yourself, and that God won’t be there for you. He further convinces you that the only person you can trust is you. So, you work hard to accumulate money. This can be exhausting – zapping you of all joy in life. You can have all the money in the world, and still be miserable in your greed. Want a surefire cure for greed? Embrace Munificence!
Munificence is a funny sounding word, but it is a virtuous action that will bring you much joy. You know the old saying, “It is better to give than to receive.” Why? Because when we give from our excess, especially to those who could never repay the kindness, we receive joy! Doing something good for others in need, alleviates their suffering. And when we do that by acknowledging at the same time the merit of poverty for ourselves regarding eternal life, we are munificent.
So, if greediness tires you out, then consider these suggestions, and embrace munificence. Feel the joy in return:
- Give freely to the poor (food, clothing and monetary donations). By showing love to the poor, you share in their poverty.
- Volunteer your time at homeless shelters and food banks.
- Look at the faces of those in need and listen to their stories. Then alleviate their poverty and suffering in any way that you can.
Share the Wealth
Recently, my husband and I scoured our home for items that could be put to better use elsewhere.
- We took a box of games and videos to the local nursing home. The nursing staff was grateful to receive the items.
- We donated a box of books to the local library. The Library staff expressed gratitude for the donation.
- In a box of odds and ends, we donated items to a domestic violence shelter, which will truly help to alleviate some pain and suffering.
- Finally, we took a bunch of baskets and vases to the local florist, who giddily began thinking of what she could do with each item.
With each donation, we felt joy. Of all the virtues that I write about, I think Munificence is the one, when practiced, that can make the biggest difference in the lives of others. All that is required is a willingness to share the wealth, for the glory of God.
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