“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 25:40




“Truly I tell you,

whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”


– Matthew 25:40 (NIV)






Generosity to God must be shown by generosity to our fellow men and women:

“whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”


A characteristic of generosity

is knowing how to quickly forget those little irritations that can crop up in daily life.

It is knowing how to smile and make life more agreeable for those around us,

even though they may be suffering setbacks;

to give others the benefit of the doubt;

to do the least pleasant tasks first in our work or in family life;

to accept people as they are, without attaching too much importance to their defects;

to be ready with a pat on the back for a job well done;

to give a positive tone to our conversation

and, if the occasion arises, to a possible correction that we ought to make;

to avoid negative criticism, which is often useless and unfair;

to open up wider horizons, both human and supernatural, for our friends.


All these betoken generosity of spirit,

but above all, if we are to be really generous in loving our neighbour,

we must do our best to make it easier for those around us to come closer to Christ.

That is the best thing we can do.


Every day we have a treasure to distribute.

If we don’t give it, we lose it.

If we share it, our Lord multiplies it.






Lord Jesus, teach me to live Your truth

and let me be an example of Your love!




[*] Today’s reflection is sourced from the seven-volume work “In Conversation with God” by Padre Francisco Fernández Carvajal.

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