Private giving

H/T: St. Michael’s Herald bulletin (here)

My giving is a private matter between God and me, no one else.

In many cultures, a person’s checkbook is considered no one else’s business.In a similar way, some Christians say that their giving is a private matter, information to which only God is privy. They point to Jesus’ admonition in Matthew 6: “When you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” But Jesus’ words have to do with inner motives for giving, not with a privilege of privacy.

Give to please God, not man. The Church never tells one how much they must give. Giving and Stewardship is free will offering. At the same time, though, we all should learn and understand what our Lord Jesus and Holy Scriptures teach about giving and generosity of our time, talents, and treasure.

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