Reflection on a Saying of a Desert Christian: Abba Isaias

“When you show charity to your poor brother,” Abba Isaias advises, “do not call on him to help in your work, in order not to lose the reward for your benefaction.”

In other words, give with no strings attached.  Give without expecting anything in return.  Give for the sake of giving and only for that sake. Do not impose conditions upon the giving.  Give for the love of God.

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