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A Two Day Story About $50 Bills

Scrooge's third visitor, from Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol. Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First edition. Via Wikipedia

Scrooge’s third visitor, from Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol. Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First edition. Via Wikipedia

On Saturday, November 18, 2006, around noon time, I put a $50 bill into a Salvation Army kettle in front of a Supermarket.  From my experience as a parish priest, I always found that the Salvation Army gave swift help to the poor and the needy, no red tape or filling out papers.  Later that same day, the mail brought me a letter with a $50 bill in it, a gift from friends.  Quite a coincidence, I thought.

The next day, Sunday, November 19, 2006, as I prepared to offer the 9:00 am Mass at the Midway Airport Chapel in the Concourse C Mezzanine, I put a $50 bill into the collection for Human Development.  This special, yearly collection helps need groups break out of the cycle of poverty.

After this 9:00 am Mass, a number of people bought my Volume 3 Book of Homilies, “I’ll Only Speak for Three Minutes”. One man, Mr. Shu, took 8 books and had me autograph them.  In payment, lo and behold, he gave me a $50 bill and waved his hand as we tried to give him change.  In all my years of selling the books, no one had ever given me a $50 bill in payment.

I am not saying that we should expect a return on some good we do others.  No!  But, sometimes, the Lord shows us He is not outdone in generosity, as in the case above.  John Denver, the late and much beloved balled singer, said that if he had the last loaf of bread in the world, he would share it with others.  Share some of our resources with needy brothers and sisters.

An enlightened writer once offered an idea that if a family was down to its last dollar, the give of a part of it to some in even greater need would bring certain help to that struggling family.  What a thrilling experiment this would be!

In the famous story of Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”, Old Scrooge, a miser at the beginning of the tale, changed his way of thinking after three out of the world visits by ghosts.  What a joy-filled life became his as he saw the results of his cheerful giving to Tiny Tim and his family.  Hopefully, we don’t need such apparitions to make us generous, gracious followers of the Poor Christ.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

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  1. Great story, Fr. George. Thanx for sharing it. Bill Laude

    Comment by Anonymous | November 12, 2016 | Reply

  2. Another inspiring story from Fr. McKenna.

    Comment by Dave Grayson | November 12, 2016 | Reply

  3. God’s Generosity is incredible! Thank you Fr. George for reminding us! Thank you for all you do for Him for us! God Bless you! Marianne

    Comment by Anonymous | November 13, 2016 | Reply

  4. Thanks for reminding me about the joy in giving and how the Lord “speaks” by arranging events to show He is with us.

    Comment by Ed Miskovic | November 15, 2016 | Reply

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