Missionaries of Charity
Reaching Out and Helping Those in Need
As I was walking down the street, I noticed a homeless woman sitting against a building. Her hair was unkempt, and her clothes were soiled. Two large plastic bags, which contained her possessions, were by her side. She was crying. I continued to walk unmoved by her plight.
Halfway down the block, a voice directed me to go back. I turned around and headed towards her. When I approached her, I asked her what was wrong. She said she had gotten her period and had painful cramps. Moreover, she did not have money to buy sanitary napkins.
I looked around and noticed a CVS store. I told her that I would be right back. I went inside the store and purchased a few items. Then, I went back to the woman, gave her the items and placed some money in a small tin can that was located next to her. With tears still rolling down her face, she blessed me and smiled.
As I walked away, a thought came to me, “suppose that was me?” I began to think of what it felt like being in pain and/or discomfort. Perhaps, destiny twisted her life around, or she made the wrong life choices, it did not matter. She was a woman like me.
On the way back home, I noticed that I only had a metro card. All of my money was gone. I had used the money to buy the much-needed items for the woman.
“It’s okay. She needed it more than me,” I said to myself, and headed home.
When I got home and started to take my keys and wallet out of my handbag, guess what I found? There was a tightly wrapped twenty-dollar bill inside the bottom of the bag.
At first, I was guilty of bypassing the woman. Since the city is full of con artists trying to rip people off, I decided to put on my blinders and ignore all.
I needed spirit to teach me a lesson on humanity- Spiritual Offering 101.
How do we distinguish between those who are suffering from those who are committing fraud? In the majority of the cases, we cannot. So, what do we do? The answer is simple. Give, and let God sort it out.
By helping someone, you will not be losing anything. Instead, you will be gaining a lot.
We all have the capability to be missionaries of charity.
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