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Let us give thanks to God continually. For, it is outrageous that when we enjoy His benefaction to us in deed every single day, we do not acknowledge the favor with so much as a word; and this, when the acknowledgment confers great benefit on us. He does not need anything of ours, but we stand in need of all things from Him.

St. John Chrysostom

The Good and Faithful Servant

A year ago, the Office of Parish Development of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America launched this blog with a goal of inspiring giving from an Orthodox Christian perspective. Since that time, thousands of individuals have visited EveryGoodandPerfectGift.org to take advantage of this one-of-a-kind resource to help individuals and parishes grow the spiritual practice of giving back. One year later, we remain committed to the perspective shared in our inaugural post.

Much of what you will read on this blog will be about raising funds for the Church and charity, and about giving financially for the same. However, please know that we understand the good and faithful servant to be someone who gives not only his money but his entire life back to God.  We are all familiar with the phrase “time, talent, and treasure,” which describes all aspects of our giving back to God. Read More →

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[T]he rich man is not the one who has collected many possessions but the one who needs few possessions; and the poor man is not the one who has no possessions but the one who has many desires.

We ought to consider this the definition of poverty and wealth. So if you see someone greedy for many things, you should consider him the poorest of all, even if he has acquired every one’s money.  If, on the other hand, you see someone with few needs, you should count him the richest of all, even if he has acquired nothing.

St. John Chrysostom

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Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.

Matthew 25:21

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The rich man is not one who has much but one who gives much. For what he gives away remains his forever.

St. John Chrysostom

Testimonial: Your own gifts we offer to you

Years ago while a student in seminary, I offered my confession in the school’s chapel and was given a penance. The instruction was to offer a sum of money to the poor or to the church; I would decide how much and to whom.  Immediately after being given this instruction by my father-confessor, I decided in my own mind what that amount would be. It was $100, but I did not tell anyone about it–not even my father-confessor or my spouse. The next day, after parking my car at the foot of the chapel, as I got out of the car I noticed a bill on the ground. I looked closely, and it was $100! I was astounded. I looked around to see if anyone had dropped it, but no one was there. I thought to myself, coincidence? Up to now I have never shared this story. But the donation was made to an Orthodox Christian charity.

Do you have a story about stewardship or almsgiving that might inspire others? Share your story here. Read other testimonials here.

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We must begin with thanksgiving for everything. The beginning of joy is to be content with your situation.

St. Ambrose of Optina

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And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

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From the Matins of Holy Tuesday:

Behold O my soul! The Master entrusts to you a talent. Receive the gift with fear; lend to Him who gave it; distribute to the poor, and gain the Lord as a Friend; that you may stand on His right, when He comes in glory, and hear His blessed voice: “Enter, O servant, into the joy of Your Lord!” In Your great Mercy, O Saviour, deem me, who has strayed, worthy of this joy.

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