[Original in Portuguese]

Rational Worship

A friend told me that once, before leaving for England, he deposited a certain sum of money in a branch of an English bank for transfer to London. Upon arrival in London, he went with his eight-year-old son to withdraw some money from this bank, then went out with the child and made several purchases.

When they returned home, the little boy said to him: "That's great, Daddy! When we need money, all we have to do is to go to a bank and ask the man at the window, and he gives it to us right away."

His father explained to him that before drawing money out of a bank it is necessary first to deposit it in the bank for safekeeping, and then we can withdraw it as we need it; but he also took the opportunity to teach the child a valuable spiritual lesson. He said to him, "That's what happens when we recognize God as our source of supply and express Him each day through our good deeds." He showed the child that we do not have to supply God's love, like money in the bank, for His love for us is always there, full and overflowing. We can draw on it and share it through our love and kindness to others. "We can be sure that God hears us and answers us each time we turn to Him," he said, "and we can always be grateful for the good we receive."

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October 30, 1976

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