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  • Writer's pictureFather Lance W. Harlow

False humility is false

True confessions: I like to be thanked for things I do, especially when I go out of my way. True confessions: It bugs me when people don't thank me. Now that you know I am no saint, let's get to the heart of the matter. It is OK to feel good when you do an act of charity--such as make a financial donation to the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. It feels great! It also feels great when the recipient of your donation thanks you for it. I know that sometimes that is not always possible, but the institution should at last thank you. The Kurn Hattin Homes Development Office does a wonderful job at sending thank you notes. And this week I want to share with you some thank you notes I received from the kids at Kurn Hattin for the "Shoes for St. Nicholas" fundraiser the St. Nicholas Project conducted last fall. These cards made me feel great. I know, I know. It's not all about the feelings--but it does feel great nonetheless. Here are a few. I didn't correct the grammar or spelling as they appeared on the hand-written cards:

"Dear friend, Thank you soo much we are a very thankful person the boots are warm and fuzzy I will always ware them Love Avel"

"Dear Father Harlow, and Friends, I can't even tell you how proud I am with these new shoes I got. Thank you so much for your support to Kurn Hattin. All the other kids who got new shoes were really proud too. Sincerely, Nick."

"Dear Father Harlow and friends, thank you for the shoes they fit me well thank you for getting me those cute shoes. I like the purple on the shoes By Chloe"

I hope this week you will get lots and lots of thank you cards for all of the charitable donations you make to Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. I know you want to help the kids there. And do you know what? It's OK to feel good about "doing good."

A thank you note from a child at Kurn Hattin for the Shoes for St. Nicholas fundraiser.

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