Our philanthropic responsibilities are often set aside from our daily routine. Giving to the poor, whether in goods or spirit, is typically something we do during a designated time – attending an annual charitable fundraiser, occasionally helping at a soup kitchen, donating old clothes after Spring cleaning, etc. Do our every day interactions not include those who are in need? When we open our hearts and take a closer look, we see the opportunity to give and love others is abundant.
Whether someone is a barista, an IT guy (or girl) or working in a cubicle, our calling – our vocation – is to be holy. Starbuck encourages us to get to know the cook in the cafeteria, to provide our talents to benefit our parish, or giving left over food, destined for a dumpster, to a shelter instead. By raising our awareness of the people we cross paths with everyday, we can fulfill our task of philanthropy – of loving people.