Have you eaten your fill? Remember the hungry.
Have you quenched your thirst? Remember the thirsty.
Are you warm enough? Remember the frozen.
Do you live in a richly furnished house? Bring others into it.
Have you made merry at a party? Bring merriment to the sad and sorrowful.
Have you come out joyful from your master? Make sure all your servants are joyful as well.
If you are merciful and indulgent towards them, you will yourself be shown mercy when your soul leaves your body.
~ Saint John Chrysostom

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How easy it is for me to just give lip service regarding helping others in need.
How easy it is for me to overlook the needs of others because I am so focused on my own needs.
How easy it is for me to put off, until a later date, helping others; because “now” is not a convenient time.
How easy it is for me to justify not helping others because of my own limited resources; as opposed to my finding creative ways to respond to others around me.
How easy it is for me to just forget those in need.

How easy it is for me to write these words, and then do nothing.

Lord have mercy on me.

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2 Responses to “”

  1. mimima Says:

    Lord have Mercy, how true that is.

  2. 01varvara Says:

    As I said earlier, “Whenever you DID this to the least of these my brethren…” Our Lord shall reward us for every act of kindness. In one of my videos, an image showed an Orthodox laywoman visiting a prisoner at Butyrki Prison. She has earned her mansion… have we?

    Vara

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