Lenten Devotions AND Practices: Serving Others

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

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2 comments on “Lenten Devotions AND Practices: Serving Others

  1. I think you’re right, it’s very difficult for me to give time because I seem to always be out of it. Between work and family, there’s not much left. I’ve often thought that’s something I want to do with my kids when they’re old enough. I want to do service projects with them. It will teach them and me at the same time.

    • woleary on said:

      That is so true what you said: “It will teach them and me at the same time”. I think when parents teach their kids by serving others this really makes an impression upon them. I was just reading today about the mark of Christian Discipleship is “love one another”. And when Christ said on Holy Thursday…”I am among you as one who serves” (Lk.22:32).

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