If you are not concretely doing things to help the poor, you are avoiding an unavoidable part of the Christian life.
A moment of confession: I love stewardship season, and I love asking people for money. Why? Because John Chrysostom’s right: Learning to use money effectively for God’s purpose is fundamental to our discipleship.
On the face of it, Mary’s Assumption, body and soul, into heaven, is one of the most challenging traditions of the Church. One of my seminary professors loved to say that, for him, the Assumption was just too much of an assumption. It certainly presents a unique obstacle to many of our Protestant brethren. And this is in large part because the event does suggest, in a strange way, that the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus wasn’t enough, that there had to be something more.