Fr. Patrick writes: Alms-giving

Day 20: Alms-giving

The cry of the season of Lent is a call to penance and to conversion. This call is not simply a call to open our hearts to God but also a call to inward openness to others. This openness to others is an act of kindness towards them or an act of charity. Since we are seeking that God will be merciful towards us, we also need to be merciful towards others.

St. Peter will say, “And above all things, have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins”(1 Peter 4:8) and Proverbs 10:12 also affirms it. Our alms-giving this season will thus help us blot our many sins. It is said that when you fast, pray, and when you pray, give alms for it is that which gives soul to your devout acts of praying and fasting. This demonstrates that the three pillars of Lent are inseparable, they are connected.

St. Cyprian also showed the importance of alms-giving when he said, “Our prayers become effective through almsgiving; lives are redeemed from dangers by almsgiving; souls are delivered from death by almsgiving.” We ought to be benevolent to every person for ultimately it is kindness towards Christ; for how else can you show kindness to Christ if not through your neighbour? And what better time is there to show this kindness if not now, if not in this special season? “Never tell your neighbour to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now.” (Proverbs 3:28)

Read:📖 Luke 10:25-37
Prayer Point:🙇🏽‍♀️ Pray for the poor, the needy and the sick
Action:👉🏽 Through your words and actions, show love and kindness to those you encounter today

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