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Fresh Off the Net: Charity all around and Padre Pio’s spiritual-warfare

The Daily Catch - published on 10/01/16

Happy Saturday Aleteia readers! We have a bunch of charitable links to give you that warm fuzzy feeling on this chilly Saturday morning. Fall is just about here!

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He’s FRANTIC When Debit Card Fails After Getting $110 Of Gas. Then Stranger Asks 1 Question He’ll NEVER Forget. – (liftable.com)

After pumping a hundred dollars of gas this man found that his card was declined. He never expected a perfect stranger to come up and pay the whole thing. He asked the good Samaritan for his number so he could pay him back and he only wrote “John, Pass it on”

“I tried using one that had a joint account to it but I could not for the life of me remember my PIN number! After searching through my iPhone bank app to figure out how to reset my pin I had failed. My dog was barking wildly, I had to get to work, and I was starting to freak.” That’s when a stranger walked up from behind him and said, “Do you need some money?” the man swiped his card and paid his entire bill. Tyson was shocked to say the least and offered to pay the man back if he would just give him, his number. He took the receipt and wrote on the back, folded it and after taking a photo with Tyson the man walked out of the station and was simply gone.

13-Year-Old Says He Wants To Run Away From Home, Then Tells A Cop To Look Inside His Empty Room – (littlethings.com)

13-year-old Cameron Simmons was fed up. He lived alone with his mother, in a room that did not have a piece of furniture in it, not even a bed. He called the police because he wanted to run away and felt like he had no other options. He never expected what would happen when he met officer Acerra.

Cameron, his brother and his mom had no idea that Officer Acerra was busy organizing a major surprise. He spent weeks gathering items for the family — and putting together a complete bedroom for his new friend Cameron. With the help of his brother, Acerra loaded up and dropped off a brand new desk, chair, television, bed and Wii game system for Cameron. He also gave Cameron’s brother a full bedroom and an air hockey table for them to play together. Cameron was shocked to tears. His grateful mother was in complete disbelief. And after the story went viral, people from all over the world began making contributions to the family
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The most charitable lawn care company – (Facebook)

There once was an old lady who lived on a fixed income. She had her neighbor mow her lawn for a fee, but he wasn’t very neighborly. Then came Rodney Smith’s lawn care company, who were so touched by the old lady that she doesn’t have to pay her neighbor anymore, they’re gonna mow her lawn out of the goodness of their own hearts.

Today we did this lady’s yard. She was telling us how the man next door was charging her to cut her yard and she could not afford it because she is on a fix income and just came out the hospital. She also said how he harasses her for the payment. But she need not worry no more because Raising Men Lawn Care Service will be doing her lawn for FREE just like how we do the rest of the lawns and will get her lawn done every two weeks. She can use the money on things that she really needs like medication . We are making a difference !
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Spiritual Warfare Lessons from St. Padre Pio – (Catholicexchange.com)

Tales and lessons from Padre Pio’s time battling the darkness of the enemy. Incredible read with profound advice from one of the most interesting saints out there.

May 18, 1913 “Now, my dear Father, who could tell you all that I had to bear! I have been alone by night and alone by day! From that day I became involved in a bitter strife with those ugly wretches. They tried to make me believe that I had been rejected by God for ever”. Lesson The temptation that God has completely rejected us is a common diabolical tactic. We should cling to the truth of God’s covenant of love even in the darkness of spiritual warfare. The spiritual director notes, “Padre Pio does not retreat nor admit defeat. He declares sincerely and firmly that he willingly accepts every kind of torment and tribulation, if only he may remain steadfast and faithful to his promises and ensure his salvation”
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