Tuesday, March 09, 2010

More Reasons to Give Away the Clutter

I'm at bag 20 in my "40 bags in 40 days" project. Just when my enthusiasm was starting to wane a bit, I came across this quote in Full of Grace: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Conversion Through Mary's Intercession.

Papa Jaime works with the poorest of the poor in Columbia. This is his philosophy on "stuff:"

Those things we don't use after one year no longer belong to us and should therefore be given to someone who needs them. . . storerooms with old blankets, damaged pictures, unused bicycles, clothes et cetera, should not even exist. . . In a never-ending urge to accumulate and to possess things, we can create in our homes or storage sites a humid and disagreeable place to deposit everything we don't need, selfishly thinking about the day when it will come in handy. And we so lose the opportunity of helping a human being who could desperately need the things we hoarded away - things slowly becoming useless and deteriorated.

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