Gifts from God

by Boniface Hampel
(Muensterschwarzach Abbey)

herbal and flower garden of nuns on Frauenchiemsee

herbal and flower garden of nuns on Frauenchiemsee

Each one of us has unique gifts and talents that we have nourished and cherished a life long. And as we live in retirement we can use these talents in many ways, not only for ourselves but also for others.

Americans have been in the forefront I believe when it comes to helping youngsters in school how to read, tell stories and help kids to understand things in life that perhaps the parents are not explaining because they have little time to do so.

A while ago I explained this to the principal of our school here at the abbey and offered help in making conversation with students who are learning English. I know from my own experience how hard it is to speak another language when it is so unfamiliar and strange.

I feel this is one very helpful way to get youngsters interested and also letting our Christian values come through. So many families have their difficulties with church, many even stay away from actively participating. A good word or thought can do much.

Of course, there are those who volunteer in hospitals as pink ladies or visit the elderly in senior citizen homes to talk to them and show a little kindness. Our world with all the electronic gadgets makes the elderly easily confused. It is the lonely and forgotten that need help most.

God gave us talents and that is beautiful and also is reason to thank him. We can spread some fruits of these gifts and talents among those who are in spiritual or physical need. In this way I like to blog and spread a little cheer around.

Wendy Thanks Brother Bon! There are so many ways to spend our time helping others -- as retirees, we've got the extra time, and it is time to give back to our communities in some way.
Thank you!

P.S. The garden photo above IS truly one of God's gifts!

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Jul 25, 2011
by: Sunshinegal

What a beautiful garden!
Thank you Brother Bon.

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