Friday (day of abstinence)

Almsgiving: Day 5

At Caesare’a there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms liberally to the people, and prayed constantly to God. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him in terror, and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and bring one Simon who is called Peter; he is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the seaside.” (Acts 10:1-6)

Intentions: That those who are yet to come to the Catholic faith may “nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience” (CCC# 847), that they may find eternal life; that our almsgiving and prayer may “ascend as a memorial” before God, that He may draw us closer to Him.

Action: Cornelius, a Gentile, heard the Gospel, received the Holy Spirit, and became one of the first Baptised Gentile Christians, and a cause for the acceptance of other Gentiles into the Church – all due to his devotion and generosity. Meditate on the eternal consequences, and therefore the infinite value of our sacrifices, devotion and commitment to Christ here on Earth.

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