Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of April 1, 2002
Take time to do good for others
By MSGR. JIM LISANTE
So, how are you spending all that leisure time you've got on your hands?
If your mouth just fell open or if the thought flitted through your head that this column must be meant for somebody else, give me a minute.
I know that you're busy.
You have your job - you know, the one that lets you afford a place to live, put food on the table, and all the rest - work around the house, shopping and other errands.
Don't forget getting the children to school and, of course, their other activities, your obligations to parents, Church, and the additional commitments you've taken on. Add in efforts at "quality time" with family and friends. And who would begrudge you an occasional night on the town - or on your couch?
No doubt, you can come up with an even longer list of things you have to do.
No argument from me that you are busy. But I would like to point out that the English word leisure comes from the Latin for "to be permitted." I want to encourage you to give yourself permission to spend your time as carefully - yet generously - as you do your money.
OK, I'm making some assumptions here. But most people are very concerned, if not actually worried, about finances these days. Layoffs, cutbacks, recession are some of the troubling factors on everybody's minds as they stretch dollars and budgets.
The amazing thing is that there has never been a time when people have been as determined to help others in need. And folks are in need.
Every town and every country has men, women and children lacking the most basic necessities. And, at the same time, every neighbourhood still tries to meet social, educational and cultural demands that make life a little more human, a little more meaningful.
Here are a couple of people who have decided to take time to do good:
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