The Lenten practice of almsgiving is a sacrifice our own comfort and desires for the good of others. Learn more about the roots and practical ways of charity — gifts not only of our money but our time and talents as well — in this series from our partner Catholic News Service.
Our responsibility to charity requires a self-sacrifice
It is the height of mercy to give our goods for the sake of others, writes Paul Senz. Almsgiving is not just about putting a few dollars into the donation basket. It is about giving of what we have — and giving of ourselves.
New ways to give alms
Almsgiving has its roots in a Greek term meaning “mercy,” and if we adopt some practical suggestions — like donating the money we would spend on mocha lattes — it can help us grow in mercy and justice this Lent.
Almsgiving: Give in a way ‘that is pleasing to God’
Throughout Scripture, we find ample evidence of God calling us to give alms to the poor. During the Lenten season we are called to be mindful of the poor in our midst and to respond generously.
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