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Why should I donate?
The spiritual benefits of donating.
Consecrated Nuns are brides of Jesus Christ. Our Lord takes very seriously His role as Provider for these, His spouses. He provides for their material needs principally through inspiring people like you to help them. When people respond to this inspiration, and in proportion to the generosity of that response, He swiftly repays with His choicest blessings. God is never outdone in generosity! The more you try to give for love of Him, the more blessings you will find rushing back upon you. Just try to outdo Him! You will never succeed! You give of your time, your talents, your treasure, but He gives back, ultimately, the inestimable gift of salvation and Eternal Life, purchased for us with the Precious Blood of Christ, the spotless Lamb. In the following episode, taken from the book of The Foundations of St. Teresa of Jesus, is illustrated how a young man was saved from eternal damnation because of kindness shown to the Nuns of Our Lady’s Order of Carmel.
“...I was talking with a young man... who told me that, if I wanted to found a convent in Valladolid, he would give me a house which he had there, with a fine big garden in which there was a large vineyard: he would do this very gladly and grant me possession of it at once. It was a most valuable gift, and I accepted it.... About two months after this he was attacked by a sudden illness which deprived him of the power of speech, so that he was unable to make a proper confession, though he made a great many signs to show that he was asking pardon of the Lord. Very shortly afterwards he died.... The Lord told me that his salvation had been in great jeopardy, but that He had had compassion on him because of that service which he had done for His Mother by giving her a house for a convent of her Order; but He added that he would not be delivered from purgatory until the first Mass had been said there. The grievous afflictions of this soul were constantly in my mind; so... [I] went with all possible haste to found the convent.... We were given leave to have Mass said in the place where we had decided to have our church and accordingly it was said for us there.... When the priest was approaching us in the place where we were to communicate, holding the Most Holy Sacrament in his hands, and as I was preparing to receive it, I saw a vision of the young man in question, with a happy and resplendent countenance, standing beside the priest with his hands joined together, and thanking me for what I had done to enable his soul to be freed from purgatory and go to Heaven.” (from chapter X)