Posts Tagged ‘Charity’

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Charity & Kindness

04/09/2012
Charity by Sir Joseph Boehm

Charity by Sir Joseph Boehm (Photo credit: mira66)

I was searching for a quote on charity and how it relates to kindness, when I happened upon this:

“Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it.” ~ George Sand

My first thought was “this is not what I was looking for”; after staring at it on my screen, it might be exactly what I am looking for.  This statement forces me to look at the hard question of what I am really looking to do with “charity”.  Am I expecting something from the receiver in return for my charitable act?  Am I demanding (explicitly or implicitly) some kind of servitude?  Am I serving someone purely from the goodness of my heart and acting from the perspective of my faith?  And finally, can I continue to be charitable when I make assumptions of the circumstances of a person’s need?

What strikes you when you read this quote?  I know I am not the same after reading it.  What do you think?

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Quote For The Day

12/03/2012

A friend posted this quote on facebook, and I thought it was good enough to share here. What do you think?

Benjamin Franklin 1767

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“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.”     ~ Benjamin Franklin

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