Posted May 05, 2011:
My Struggle With Money

by Joe Pinto, father of staff worker, Derek.

After having gone through some terrible job experiences when I first immigrated to Canada from India, I vowed that I would become rich and independent some day. I was making steady progress in this direction with saving and investments in real estate.

Then one day, I went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. While in the Garden of Gethsemane, I recalled the passage where Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41).

With this in my mind and heart, I went into the Church of All Nations, (also known as the Bascilica of the Agony), which was nearby and prayed from my heart, "Jesus, what can I do for you and for your Church?"

In the quiet of my heart, I heard the words, "Give more of your money away. Many people are suffering from lack of it."

These words made me uncomfortable, and as time went on when I was back in Ottawa, they made me more and more upset.

I kept coming up with all kinds of reasons not to tithe. I had a wife and four children, and I was their only breadwinner. I had to put money aside for my children’s university education, and here was the Holy Spirit challenging me to give more money away! That hurt.

I researched tithing thoroughly and decided that I would start by committing myself to giving away a fixed percentage of my income every year, see how it went, and increase this percentage year by year until I reached the ten per cent mentioned in the Bible.

Prior to this decision, I was giving money to the parish and to charities, but only from what I could spare.

I received several blessings from this decision. Some of them are:

1) I have never been short of money.

2) I have been able to subsidize my children’s education and enable them to graduate debt-free.

3) I attained my goal of giving ten per cent, and in fact am giving more than that. I am retired now and have fewer expenses.

More importantly, money doesn’t have the grasp on me it did before.

As Jesus says, No one can be the slave of two masters. He will either hate the first and love the second or be attached to the first and despise the second (Mt 6:34).


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