I loved seeing today's Cincinnati Enquirer article about Roger Grein, a local Catholic who has given to the community for years. While the article highlights his financial philanthropy, I have also seen Roger's self-giving in other ways. As a daily communicant at St. James in Wyoming, he greets his fellow Mass attendees with a huge smile, always asking how each person is doing. He serves others by his time and talent, not only his treasure. I met Roger at St. James several years ago and witnessed his selfless nature in the way in which he interacted with those present. He has also served others by visiting nursing homes, working in Mexico and in countless other ways.
The Enquirer article highlights his philanthropy, but Roger's acceptance and trust in the face of losing a large portion of his wealth is an example to all of us. Do we handle our finances as a gift from God? Are we stewards of all that God has given of us? Are we so generous in our giving that we can simply surrender when things don't go as planned?