An Interesting Question

By Gaby Smith

During the collection at Mass last weekend, my son saw me put our collection envelope in the basket. He turned to me and asked, “Why do we do that? Why does the church need money?”

I responded saying “It’s God’s money, and today we are giving it to the Church.”

We were in St. John the Baptist. The building is very old and needs a lot of restorations. I pray it is restored and gets a face lift. It’s one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever set foot in. I pointed at the scaffolding and said the church could use money for new lighting and new paint.

It was a little hot in the church that day. Of course, my mind goes to, “Hey the church could use money for a new AC.”

My parents always taught me to tithe and to give back. I think at an early age, it’s important to teach your children the value of giving financially to those who need it.

That day it was St. John the Baptist. It’s important to teach our young ones that the money we receive is God’s money, not ours.

How do you teach your children to handle money God’s way?

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