Prayer, fasting and almsgiving

’tis Lent! It’s the 40-day season preceding Easter where Catholics and many Christians follow Christ’s example of fasting in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11) and deny ourselves by observing prayer, fasting and almsgiving. It is a particularly Catholic practice, to deny ourselves and to take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23); to die to ourselves, that we may live with Christ (Romans 6:8).

Our characteristic way of doing this is by a three-fold self-giving through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

I started writing some meditations for the above for a particular prayer chain. I thought it would be helpful to examine these three aspects of Lenten sacrifice so that we can really embrace the spirit of Lent. So, I began by searching for scriptural passages pertaining to these, and added the intentions and suggestions on putting these teachings into practice – this way, prayer, fasting and almsgiving are lived out every day through these intentions (prayer) and actions (fasting and almsgiving).

So, I’ll be posting these for the following three weeks; daily reflections for a week per theme. I hope somebody would find these helpful.


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