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The word philanthropy comes from two Greek words: fileo (love) and anthropos (people/humanity); therefore, philanthropy properly understood is an active love of other people. Such charitable work can often be thankless, time-consuming, and messy ... but it's worth it.

We see in the Gospel of Matthew, and several other places in Holy Scripture, parables where disciples of our Lord are called to be faithful stewards of the time, treasure, and talents gifted by God. For the past 2,000 years, faithful members of the Church have served others to the glory of God.

From the same Gospel mentioned above, we read Jesus' words: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited me in; I needed clothes and you clothed me; I was sick and you looked after me; I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matt. 25:35-40).