Generosity (also called largess) is the virtue of being unattached to material possessions. The quality of being kind and generous.
While reflecting on the various aspects of generosity, three significant people who have had momentous influence on the lives of thousands of people around the world including me came to my mind.
I had the privilege of being a participant at the “Jesus Youth ‘85 Conference” where Jesus Youth got its name. It was the beginning of our major initiatives in campuses. As a member of the Kerala Campus team, I interacted a lot with Prof. Alicekutty CC (lovingly called Alicekutty chechi, she celebrated her 75th birthday recently), Dr Edward Edezhath (Eddy chettan) and Fr Abraham Pallivathuckal (Palliachen).
True, these three people are unique, and significantly different in their nature, approaches, and ways. Prof. Alicekutty is always a ‘be positive’ person. She finds something positive in every person she meets (including me!). Even after three decades of acquaintance with her, she continues to do so.
It will be difficult for me to find out the amount of time I have spent in Eddychettan’s home while being a JY coordinator from 1992-1996 and after. He is someone a lot of people turn to guidance and direction then and now. Recognizing his contributions in various fields, he was given the Chevalier title by the Church recently. Will it be possible to find out the volume of time consumed by Fr Abraham Pallivathuckal in the last four decades to listen, to guide and to walk with youth? He is there not only to counsel but is with them during their times of contentment and grief; a very unusual kind of priest who steps down to the level of youngsters.
“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.” – Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam
They are so generous that they forget
themselves,struggle and sacrifice
themselves to build others,
that the Church amongst the
youngsters is built
One common thing found in these people and many others who contributed in building this youth movement is their lavishness in spending their money, energy, effort, resources, and more than anything, their time. This is true also in the case of hundreds of other leaders and animators of Jesus Youth around the world. They open not only their hearts and minds but also their homes to the requirements of youth. The single most element which has contributed in the progression of this lovely gift of God is the generosity of these persons. They are so generous that they forget themselves, struggle and sacrifice themselves to build others, that the Church amongst the youngsters is built. St. Francis of Assisi says “For it is in giving that we receive.”
Let’s unite together to pray that this tribe may flourish