Philanthropy

“The merciful person is he, who gives to others what he, himself, received from God, whether it be money, or food, or strength, a helpful word, a Prayer or anything else that he has through which he can express his compassion for those in need.”

Saint Peter of Damascus

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“He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”

Saint John the Baptist

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“When you have the opportunity to do good, do not let it go by.”

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna

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“The root of almsgiving is found in the heart. It starts from the heart and ends in our hand!”

Elder Ephraim of Arizona

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“The Panagia doesn’t want big candles; she wants charity given to the poor.”

Saint George Karslides

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“There is your brother, naked, crying, and you stand there confused over the choice of an attractive floor covering…”

Saint Ambrose of Milan

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“Your pockets should always be open to allow the money to leave towards philanthropies. “

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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“If you can help a person – help, if you cannot help – Pray, if you do not know how to Pray – think about the person in a good way! And this will already be a help, because Godly thoughts are also a weapon!”

Saint Nikolai Velimirovich

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“A poor man when he reaches out to you does not beg, but offers you the Kingdom of God.”

Saint Arsenie Papacioc

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“If you give something to one in need, let the cheerfulness of your face precede your gift, and comfort his sorrow with kind words. When you do this, by your gift the gladness of his mind surpasses even the needs of his body.”

Saint Isaac the Syrian

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“If we all took only what was necessary to satisfy our own needs, giving the rest to those who lack, no one would be rich and no one would be poor.”

Saint Basil the Great

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“Your hand should always be open… Alms and Prayer go together.”

Saint George Karslides

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“Joy, radiant joy, streams from the face of him who gives and kindles joy in the heart of him who receives.”

Saint Seraphim of Sarov

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“Do not grieve or complain that you were born in a time when you can no longer see God in the flesh. He did not in fact take this privilege from you. As He says, ‘Whatever you have done to the least of my brothers, you did it to Me.'”

Saint Augustine of Hippo

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“Almsgiving above all else requires money, but even this shines with a brighter luster when the alms are given from our poverty. The widow who paid in the two mites was poorer than any human, but she outdid them all.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“As much as possible extend your hands in charity… Knock on the doors of the poor, the sick, the orphans. You should prefer the homes of the afflicted to the homes of the joyous. If you do good works, you will have a great reward from God.”

Saint George Karslides

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“Feeding the hungry is a greater work than raising the dead.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“Support with thy word the weak and the distressed in spirit whenever thou canst; then the hand that bears the universe will support thee.”

Saint Isaac the Syrian

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“Do you think that the Man-Loving God has given you much so that you could use it only for your own benefit? No, but so that your abundance might supply the lack of others.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“The Giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic God’s giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.”

Saint Nicholas Archbishop of Myra

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“Give something, however small, to the one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could.”

Saint Gregory Nazianzus

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“All that you lose in the Name of God, you keep. All that you keep for your own sake, you loose. All that you give in the Name of God, you will receive with interest. All that you give for the sake of your own glory and pride, you throw into the water. All that you receive from people as from God will bring you joy. All that you receive from people as from people will bring you worries.”

Saint Nikolai Velimirovich

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“It is good to be generous to all, especially those who cannot repay you.”

Saint Theodoros the Great Ascetic

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