Tom Clements

Tom Clements

Tom Clements is a serial entrepreneur who sold his first company in 1999. He founded Southern Catholic College in Georgia and led the creation of St. Joseph’s Catholic High School, an 800-student Catholic school in Ghana, Africa. He has written How to Run a Nonprofit based on his experience in working most of the last 20 years working with Catholic nonprofits as a volunteer, employee, executive director and founder. He recently wrote The Path to Joy: Navigating the Stages of Faith. Tom is married to Juliana, and is a father of four and a grandfather of seven. He resides in Johns Creek, Georgia.

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A man begs for alms at Our Lady of Health church in Hyderabad, India, on Sept. 8, 2016 — the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Give Alms to Please God

‘When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.’ (Matthew 6:3-4)

‘Bread and Water’

The Joy of Fasting

“The interior penance of the Christian can be expressed in many and various ways. Scripture and the Fathers insist above all on three forms, fasting, prayer, and almsgiving, which express conversion in relation to oneself, to God, and to others.” (Catechism 1434)

Heinrich Hofmann, “Christ in Gethsemane,” 1886

Let the Holy Spirit Form You in the Life of Prayer

‘The Holy Spirit who teaches the Church and recalls to her all that Jesus said also instructs her in the life of prayer, inspiring new expressions of the same basic forms of prayer: blessing, petition, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise.’ (CCC 2644)