Show Mercy

Via Jim Rathbun (Director of Generous Giving for the Wesleyan Church

“The most glorious of their works [that is, the works of the Church] is to show mercy, always offering generous help for every grief and distributing alms to the poor with a gentle heart while saying with their whole soul, “This is not my property, but that of Him Who created me.” And this work, inspired by God, is before His eyes in Heaven, when by the teaching of the Church it is done among the faithful on earth.”

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) Benedictine abbess and Christian mystic, in Scivias 2.3.3 on “The Church is adorned by the priesthood and almsgiving.”

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