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Don’t Let Your Left Hand Know What Your Right Hand Is Doing

August 2nd, 2008 · 7 Comments

Matthew 6:1-4 (But) take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

Something I've learned is that trying to do good and not get caught doesn't just act to kill vanity and pride, it is also like fertilizer for the virtue of charity. As I attempt to conceal the good that I do, it becomes easier to assume the same in others. Or at least give them the benefit of the doubt.

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  • 1 Steve Ross, MD, FAAP // Dec 26, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Many an old school Catholic has been uncomfortable over the years with collection envelopes for just this reason. The parish accountant and members of the council will offer preferencial greetings to wealthy parishioners, while a holy family with less financial resources will be treated coldly. Often real estate agents, bankers, and lawyers will be seated in the nice pews.

    Steve Ross, MD Pediatrics in the Colorado Rockies

  • 2 Helene // Apr 24, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Why does good have to conceal itself? It is one thing to do good and not to feel proud or haughty about it; another to get punished for the very fact of doing good.
    It seems like kindness gets punished in our society. Why?


  • 3 Dana // May 18, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Why ask why? God’s plan is better.

  • 4 Julie // Jul 27, 2012 at 9:18 am

    When I asked one of the doctor I work with to donate for good cause my nephew is doing, he declined by saying this phrase. He said “why do you ask me especially during Ramadan such a thing” Needlessly to say, he is muslim. I told him that I’m sorry and ended our talk immediately. I don’t understand his reasoning fully.

  • 5 Lea // Aug 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    You people are retards. Have fun faking it

  • 6 Zenzic // Aug 25, 2012 at 10:37 am

    It’s not about hiding the fact you do a good turn or a donation, it’s the fact you don’t seek praise and attention for doing the act.

  • 7 J0seph // Jun 18, 2014 at 5:13 am

    giving with Human Intuition united with the Gift of the Holy Spirit enables one to experience in and beyond knowledge an event of God that benefits both giver and receiver

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