We All Dream in Gold ®

We All Dream in Gold ®

People- and pet-oriented TJ Fisher prefers to be actively hands-on with with helping others, versus charity event ball chairman or luncheon chair person. She especially involved with the homeless, homeless outreach and shelter/housing issues, and has an extra soft spot for heroic veterans and military dogs.

She is a fan of how Pope Francis and other spiritual leaders tell us to encounter and touch the needy, the sick, the poor, rather than helping them in a distant way.

"With Jesus and Saint Gaetano, we go to meet the most needy!" Pope Francis said. “It speaks of meeting people who have the greatest need, of those who need you to give them a hand, those we look at with love, with whom we share their pain or their anxieties, their problems. But the important thing is not looking at them from afar, or helping from afar. No, no! It is going to encounter them. This is the Christian! This is what Jesus taught: to go meet the most needy.”

The Pope illustrated his point for the thousands of devotees in the Liniers neighborhood of Buenos Aires by explaining what he asks people about giving to the poor.

“Do you give alms?”

“They tell me, ‘Yes, Father.’”

“And when you give alms do you look in the eyes of the people you give them to?”

‘Oh, I don’t know, I don’t notice.’”

“Look, he has not met the people. He threw the alms and left. When he gives the alms, does his hand touch (the hand of the poor) or does he toss the coin?”

“No, you throw the coin. And you have not touched, and if you did not touch him, you did not meet him.”

Pope Francis then told those at the procession, “What Jesus teaches us is first to meet, and (after) meeting, to help. We need to know how to meet. We need to build, to create, to construct a culture of encounter.”

“Your heart, when you meet those most in need, will begin to grow, grow, grow! Because the meeting multiplies our capacity to love. The encounter with the other enlarges the heart. Courage! 'By myself I just don't know what to do.' No, no, no! With Jesus and San Gaetano!.”

TJ believes that all people caught up in the material world, people of faith and no faith, struggle with different and complex attitudes that have been held towards poverty and wealth, charity and public welfare. She says, there are two trials before the individual: the test of wealth and the test of poverty... Both are difficult... but the test of wealth is greater than (the test of) poverty. She supports philanthropy, large donations to charitable causes, random acts of kindness and charity to others as being essential as oxygen.