Psalm 37:25-26
I have been young, and now am old;
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children begging bread.
He is ever giving liberally and lending,
and his children become a blessing.

One of the hallmarks of the “righteous” in Scripture is liberality and generosity.  The point of thrift in Scripture is, as often as not, having something to give away (and especially to give to the poor) as it is to “have something for a rainy day.”  Curiously, where modern culture associates wealth with having something good to give to your children, Scripture (particularly today’s verse) associates giving with having good children to give something to.  The liberal person’s children, says the passage, will not merely have a blessing.  They will become a blessing.  Today, practice liberality.  Generations yet unborn will rise up and call you blessed!

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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