Learning through giving
The story is told of a Franciscan monk in Australia assigned to be the guide and ‘gofer’ to Mother Teresa when she visited New South Wales. Thrilled and excited at the prospect of being so close to this great woman, he dreamed of how much he would learn from her and what they would talk about. But during her visit he became frustrated. Although he was constantly near her, the friar never had the opportunity to say one word to Mother Teresa.
Finally her tour was over and she was due to fly to New Guinea. In desperation the young man spoke to Mother Teresa: ‘If I pay my own fare to New Guinea, can I sit next to you on the plane so I can talk to you and learn from you?’
Mother Teresa looked at him. ‘You have enough money to pay the airfare to New Guinea?’ she asked.
‘Yes,’ he replied eagerly.
‘Then give the money to the poor’ she said. ‘You’ll learn more from that than anything I can tell you’.
Generosity is measured not by how much we give away but by how much we keep.
Following Jesus is simple...but not easy (Mother Teresa.)
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