From the man who has received much, much will be demanded.
In gratitude for God’s gift of life and goodness to us, we should share these gifts with others. The art of giving encompasses many areas. It is an outgoing, overflowing way of life.
The gifts of things are never as precious as the gifts of thought. Emerson said it well: “Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself.”
We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the heart: love, kindness, joy, understanding, sympathy, tolerance, forgiveness.
We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the mind: ideas, dreams, purposes, ideals, principles, plans, inventions, projects, poetry.
We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the spirit: prayer, vision, beauty, aspirations, peace, faith.
We give of ourselves when we give the gift of time: when we offer our minutes in helping to build a more abundant living for others.
We give of ourselves when we give the gift of words: encouragement, inspiration, guidance.
We give of ourselves with the radiant warmth of sunshine and the glow of the open fire.
We should give our community holy priests and many committed lay apostles.
As priests we have the opportunity to offer the finest gift a person can give –
As men of the Gospel we give the word of God.
As men of the Eucharist we give Jesus himself.
As men of the people of God we give peace, forgiveness, love and joy.
God Loves You!
Your Brother Priest,
Fr. E. H. Ménard
October 24, 1984