This article is deliberately short. The title says it all.
True, you can’t give what you don’ have. If you’re lucky, though, you can give something more: “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarean, rise and walk.”
I see this verse to mean just what it says. You cannot give love if you don’t ‘live love’ in all its many facets in your own life. You cannot ask for mercy and forgiveness for your sins if you don’t show mercy and forgive the offenses of others towards you. In other words: practice what you preach.
Of course these words could also mean: know your Faith and then live it; read the Gospel and study the Fathers of the Church and the Church documents; frequent the sacraments. How can one evangelise others and answer questions about the Catholic Church if you are ignorant of it yourself?
Toad takes this to apply to certainty.
As is my want these days I review old reports and comments from CPS and continue to discover some gems.
‘Ya cant hand on what you dont have ‘ has long been a catch phrase of mine when talking about the quality of the Religious education our Kids and grandkids receive at the hands of R/E teachers in Catholic Schools.
My grand children tell of the R/E teacher who inform them that it is not necessary to attend Sunday Mass every week. She say that God will just have to be satisfied that she attends the School mass every Thursday. This same idiot also told them that Mary is not the Mother of God. I wish this was the only account I can relate. Sadly I could fill pages with other examples
When I quizzed another as to why the kids were not taught to genuflect on entering and leaving the Church, she replied , ‘ that’s only something the ‘Nuns’ used to do.’
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