The Way to Give

The Way to Give



Often times in hearing about missions and the other ministries of our tirelessly almsgiving Church it is easy to get lost in the means, the method, the aim, or better yet forget all together Who we give for.

“If we do good because we fear hell, we’re in the position of a servant; if we do it to get a reward, we’re like an employee; if we do it for its own sake then we’re in the position of a son. Because a son does his father’s will not out of fear, nor because he wants some reward, but he wants to serve his father, to honor him and give him pleasure. And this is how we should handle charity, for the virtue itself, participating in the difficulties of others, as if they were the members of our own body. We should serve others as if we ourselves were enjoying the fruits of our ministrations. We should give as if we ourselves were receiving. This is charity which is begotten through awareness. Thus, as we said, we’ll be in the spiritual state of being a son.”   –  Abba Dorotheos

It is fascinating how the words of such wise elders can seem to be modernized and spoken in the humble little voices of good Orthodox Christians throughout the world. Here is one such example written by Sarah Hunt of her experiences in Albania.

The quotation from Abbba Dorotheos made this article come to life as Sarah really addresses the issue, that there is never the “right” opportunity to break it to yourself that you have been serving yourself to much, but our Faith requires it of us for our health and resurrection. We need to give alms for the sake of the good, not for any other reason. In self-awareness we often tare-down, try something to make us stronger, and start again. Christ dwells within us tented in our hearts whispering the soft morning whisper of what is good. In receiving His message, we often find the true meaning for doing good.


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Dean Franck

Dean Franck is a first year student in the Master's of Divinity Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a participant of our Digital Disciples Program.