Almsgiving during Lent is what I believe to be the most challenging of the three primary spiritual practices in Lent (prayer, fasting and almsgiving) in the Third Millennium, because everyone is so busy in today’s world. We barely have enough time to sit down and just be with our family and friends let alone going out to do some service project or serving our neighbor. Although Lent is winding down, there is still time for “acts of service” to others. It may be checking in on an elderly neighbor to see if they need anything, it may be to see if you can lend a helping hand for 20 to 30 minutes to a co-worker (even though you don’t feel like you really have the time), or it may be going out of your way to assist a family member with the little things. Tending to the needs of others and seeking to serve them allows us to forget about ourselves and what is going on in our lives and care about the lives of those around us. Try to take the time remaining this Lent and perform acts of service.
“An effective but often neglected means of gaining Paradise is almsgiving. By almsgiving I mean any work of mercy exercised toward one’s neighbor for the love of God.” ~ St. John Bosco