Give It Up
Almsgiving may also benefit from some creative thinking. Giving to organizations like Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl, for example, is a superb way to help the poor, the hungry and the homeless across the world, as Jesus asked of us when he said, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13). Almsgiving is a concrete form of this mercy. But can our alms include the spiritual kind? This may be as simple as offering the alms of forgiveness and reconciliation to someone against whom we have held a grudge. That offering is as valuable as anything we may put into the collection plate this Lent.