Saturday

Almsgiving: Day 6

“What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” (James 2:14-17)

Intentions: That we may have a real, living faith that manifests through self-giving and works.

Action: Meditate on how much more you can give to God and neighbour, with little daily sacrifices and self-denial, our little “deaths” to ourselves, that through it, we may gain so much more life than we could give – “For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (Mark 8:35). Contemplate the following seven “Corporal Works of Mercy”, and how you can undertake them in the real world:

• Feeding the hungry
• Giving drink to the thirsty
• Clothing the naked
• Sheltering the homeless
• Visiting the sick
• Visiting the imprisoned
• Burying the dead

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