Almsgiving is the gift of self. It is based on CHARITY, to love God and others as oneself. It is the action that leads us to see our fellow man, love them, listen to them, and give them our time, help, advice, money, shelter, company, and affection. To give alms is to be united to God in his poverty.
“Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness … It is better to give alms than to store up gold; for almsgiving saves one from death and expiates every sin. Those who regularly give alms shall enjoy a full life” (Tob 12:8-9).
According to custom, during Lent we are asked to make a sacrifice of eating one small meal in place of a large one, and placing the difference of the cost into our almsgiving offering. This takes some effort, but by purposefully approaching our almsgiving with a plan in mind, it becomes easier to do.
Next weekend you will find an envelope in your bulletin for your Lent almsgiving offering, which will be given to the Society of St Vincent de Paul.