Google defines it this way:
- one tenth of annual produce or earnings, formerly taken as a tax for the support of the church and clergy.
Immediately, however, I remember why I do it. First of all, my dad set the tone. I never really understood until I was older but, looking back, I see the abundant fruit his faith has produced and I do my best to follow his good example. Plus, I trust my dad... but not above reason - especially when the question involves a sacrifice of monthly income - so I've done much to scrutinize the position on tithing he learned from his father. (I was looking for a way out in the beginning, a reason not to do it)
On a global scale, the Church needs our generosity as well. The poor are with us in great and growing numbers. Catholic relief and missionary efforts are in constant need of support. Again, it seems small but, when everyone does their part, huge obstacles can be overcome.
I think the greatest of all fruit is our ability to turn to the Lord for our needs. My wife and I are not "self-sufficient" in the worldly sense. We take Matthew 6:26 seriously. As we learn to give generously, our trust in the Lord grows. We understand fully that we can't do this without his help. And we're beginning to trust him enough to let him be in charge. That's the real reason we need to teach and talk about tithing, especially to our children and to our students. Faith requires trust. The Lord wants to provide for his people, and he will if we let him. This may not mean ten percent right away, or even ever necessarily, but the point of all this isn't the amount we give. Tithing is a means to an end. It allows the Lord himself to provide through the generosity of his people, and it frees us to love God and neighbor more perfectly. All Jesus asks is that we strive, that we continue to grow in a generous love, in detachment from the ways of the world, and in a child-like trust that our the heavenly Father knows our needs.
1 - Share Yourself 2 - Know the Kerygma 3 - Pray. Especially When You Don't Have Time.
4 - Collaborate 5 - Invite. Invite. Invite. 6 - Be Cheerful 7 - Do the Task at Hand
8 - Don't Forget Recess 9 - It Begins with a Smile 10 - The Topic is Always Jesus
11 - The WIIFM Principle 12 - Recapture the Enchantment 13 - Learn to Use Youtube
14 - The Art of Accompaniment 15 - The Art of Listening
16 - Eat Food. It's Part of Evangelization 17 - Everything Leads to Liturgy
18 - Self-love Can Still Be Other-centered 19 - It Will Never Be Perfect, Don't Stress
20 - The "Student" is the Whole Family 21 - Catechesis is a MEANS of Evangelization 22 - The 5 Means of Evangelization 23 - The Christian Life is Service 24 - Doctrine is for Prayer. 25 - From Evangelization to Immanuelization 26 - Humility, Love, and 'Eucharistic' Anticipation 27 - People Change People 28 - Salvation History is Our Story 29 - Mutual Forgiveness 30 - Fraternal Correction 31 - Build-Up Families 32 - Affirmative Orthodoxy 33 - Emphasize the Mission