Almsgiving is a traditional practice of the Judeo-Christian tradition that our Lord explicitly states will help his followers in their needs, are a great sign of trust in God and at the same time a sign of his abundant love for other through the work of his disciples. The help of almsgiving is that it frees us from attachment to wealth and things and attaches us more intimately to relationships with people and God.
- Have you ever saved up money to give it away?
- Does the idea of giving money to the Church make you uneasy? If so, why?
- What practical ways can you embrace a life of sacrifice so that you can give alms?
- Whom do you know that embodies a sacrificial giving? Have you told this person that you appreciate him or her?
“Almsgiving above all else requires money, but even this shines with a brighter luster when the alms are given from our poverty. The widow who paid in the two mites was poorer than any human, but she outdid them all.” -St. John Chrysostom