#144 — April, 2024

It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved.

— Mother Teresa

Greetings, Inspired Seekers:

Even though we continue to wear our warm coats here in the Northeast, spring is now in our sights. The promise of spring, the hope of it, sets our sights upon blossoms, new growth and renewal – both of the earth and of ourselves. What will speak loudly as the Robins call out to us, returned from their winter escapades?

Perhaps, given the state of the world, a call to charity is exactly what we need. Charity – a word we don't use much anymore, and yet, a good, solid and practical word evoking actions of compassion and community. An action of reaching out, offering generosity, support, kindness and understanding, charity is not simply contributing to the foodbank or writing the check to help the underserved.

While those actions are good and necessary, charity is also the love, patience and gentleness we offer to others – including and, perhaps, especially, those whose world view differs from ours. Charity here is a challenge when cynicism and sarcasm are oh-so-easy. I know. I've been there.

But when we speak of making choices for “the highest good of all,” charity must set the intention, guide the choice and open our hearts to receive the grace to grow. Happy Spring!

Grace, Charitably Yours,
Reverend Deborah

Question of the Month: Where will you be charitable this month, when others cannot be?

The Reverend Dr. Deborah Darlington is an Interfaith Minister who tries, in the best way possible, to extend charity to all through sacred celebrations and inspirational speaking. She can be reached at GraceMatters@TheSpaceForGrace.com or 215 260 1611.

Click here to sign up for our monthly newsletter