A Spirituality of Philanthropy

Something that deserves [further] reflection is the seldom-articulated notion that God is a receiver. We receive and we respond by asking God to receive us as a gift. This is a recursive relationship, we receive and give as God gives and receives. In Ignatius's view, a personal God is engaged in a pattern of attention. The "Lord" in the Suscipe and Christ throughout the Spiritual Exercises are exemplars of receiving suffering and giving love; they establish the model for us to emulate.


Paul G. Schervish is the Director of the Center for Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College.  This essay is adapted from his "Receiving and Giving as Spiritual Exercise: The Spirituality of Care in Soul, Relationship, and Society," the 2008 Annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture on Faith and Giving.  Published by and available for purchase from the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.  Also available as a PDF from Boston College's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy.

12/15/2009 5:00:00 AM
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