The past few weeks I’ve been reading the masterpieces of some of the great Catholic saints. This week I came across Saint Albert the Great.
Have you heard of him?
He’s a Doctor of the Church and one of Saint Thomas Aquinas’s teachers. So St Albert earns the title Great.
One of his masterpieces, On Cleaving to God, opened my eyes to something every Catholic should remember when fundraising. In fact, the lesson is so big, that I had to share it with you:
In the next few minutes, you’re going to learn three tips on how to fundraise from the one and only Saint Albert the Great. Hi, I’m Brice Sokolowski. The founder of CatholicFundraiser.net, a website that is completely dedicated to helping Catholics just like you with their fundraising. Whether you just starting out, you are trying to learn some new ways of fundraising, especially by using online methods, or if you’re just trying to grow and expand your reach to more people, you were in the right place. CatholicFundraiser.net is helping thousands of Catholics do these every month.
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Okay, Saint Albert the Great. More than likely, you know about him. And if you hear me pause or if you see me pause, it is because I am looking at my notes, which are included. There’s a link below where you can get the transcript where you can also download the Ten Commandments. These notes make sure that I don’t forget anything. Saint Albert was a thirteenth century Dominican from I believe Germany, Bavaria. One of his great claims to fame is that he is a doctor of the Catholic Church. And he was also one of the teachers of St Thomas Aquinas. So a big, big guy in the Catholic Church and one of the great documents that he wrote is On Cleaving to God. The link to this document is below this video if you’re watching this, or if you are listening on my podcast. The links are always below, and Saint Albert the Great wrote this book called On Cleaving to God. Now, obviously, this book is about the spiritual life and connecting God. However, I’m always trying to find how to fundraise in the Catholic context. My way of doing is to always look for how the popes fundraise, how the saints fundraised by reading what they wrote, and maybe they give some type of indication on how to help us fundraise. There are all these really good golden nuggets – that is what I call them – because we’re in the material world and obviously these documents can help. You’re always talking about how to detach ourselves from the material world, but at the same time staying connected with the world around us because this is where we are. And so here are three recommendations from Saint Albert the Great from his book, On Cleaving to God.
And the first one is, he says, this is his first recommendation. How man’s activity should be intellectual and not in the senses. And again, I continue with Saint Albert. Happy, therefore, is the person who, by continual removal of fantasies and imagination by turning within and raising the mind to God and works with a pure understanding. Well, this is important in fundraising because a lot of times we can get quite emotional with fundraising. We hope, and we pray, we guess, and you know we’re really getting anxious. And there’s a lot of emotions when it comes to fundraising and one of the best ways to fundraise is to try and remove those emotions by fundraising a rational and intellectual way, very similar to what Saint Albert is recommending us to do with our connection with God and how we live our lives. So when the best thing that you could do is find a rational, knowledgeable, intellectual way to fundraise. That’s what CatholicFundraiser.et does every week, giving you ideas on how to do exactly that. So that is step number one.
Step number two is this: Saint Albert the Great says how God’s providence includes everything and he continues, for a man shall receive all that he is able to desire with his foot of faith. This is important with fundraising because, well, you know, sometimes we don’t know where donors will come from. We don’t know where the dollars are and what we’ve got to be doing. This is because we must have confidence, walking in faith and knowing that God always provides in. This connects with Point Number One. You must have a method, a plan on approach to be able to find donors on a regular basis. So that is step number two. Have confidence that God is going to be provided through having an intellectual approach, a logical approach to your fundraising.
And now the third point is to always remember the value in the nature of prayer. Saint Albert the Great says how the heart should be recollected within itself. He continues: we collect, we commit and offer ourselves up to him fully in everything that is we are holding nothing back. So this is just a note to reaffirm your prayer life. Don’t go off and be praying that you will find donors and donations, praying that you’re doing the will of God. You should pray that you are connected with him and pray that he’s going to help you find donations. Don’t pray for donations. Pray for your mission and what you’re doing and that the fruit comes the way it should through a logical approach of fundraising and not trying to get too emotional.
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