The Word Among Us

February 2006 Issue

The Alms of God

God has shown himself to be far more generous than I ever expected.

By: Mary Ann Johnston

Mother Teresa often saw God in the "poorest of the poor." Twice in my life, I was one of these most needy ones. Once it was as a beggar, sitting with an empty coffee cup on the steps of churches, looking for coins from Sunday morning Mass-goers. But before that had come a time of spiritual poverty, when I was among the poorest of the poor without realizing it. It was during this dark season that I received my first alms—not from kindly passersby, but from God himself.

First Encounter. It happened during a vacation in Europe, which I had wanted to visit for a long time. Paris was my first...

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