Poverty - Blog Action Day

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]

At the end of our lives, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in.’

Hungry not only for bread-but hungry for love.

Naked not only for clothing-but naked of human dignity and respect.

Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks-but homeless because of rejection.

This is Christ in distressing disguise - Mother Teresa
Today bloggers from all over the world are writing together to raise the world's awareness about poverty. We do not want to delve into the causes of poverty but rather we'd focus on what we can and are doing to offer a helping hand to our fellow brethren in need.

We try to live by as frugally as possible and donate around 15 to 20% of our after tax income to various world wide charity projects. In addition we dedicate each day of our vacation towards philanthropic and selfless fund raisers all over US. For the past five years we've not gone on a "personal vacation" but nothing has been more fulfilling than offering our time, effort, skills and money towards a greater cause to those who need support across the planet. Every year our souls have been yearning to serve more. And to that effect we've created this blog to study FIRE and become financially independent at the earliest so that we can devote all our time towards selfless service replete with love and compassion.

Today we express our heartfelt gratitude to Mother Teresa. She has been one of our role models who has inspired and opened our hearts through her boundless compassionate acts. We were fortunate to be at her funeral in Kolkata, India when she passed on. To this day the beatific expression on her face, a faint aura of light all around her body and her hands resting peacefully on her rosary is imprinted vividly in our memories. She was smiling in death while thousands of people, poor or rich, old or young, healthy or diseased, famous or nameless poured in from all corners of the world with genuine tears in their eyes and pure love in their hearts. They had come to express their gratitude for everything through which Mother had touched their lives. We bow to such a great saint and pray to be strong enough to follow in her footsteps.

And we believe that together we all can wipe away poverty from the face of this planet through one genuine act of giving at a time.

Mother Teresa
When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her.
It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.
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