Almsgiving as an Encounter with Christ

This is the third week of a Lenten series. Today, we focus on almsgiving. 

By: Art Bennett, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington

As with any significant journey, our Lenten journey requires both bringing things along and discarding along the way.

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Prayer is something we must bring along on our journey: every day we turn toward God, our guide and our goal. Fasting is detaching from things that are not helpful: we push away from the table, the TV, the interminable internet – all to recalibrate our focus.

So how does almsgiving, our third focus in Lent, fit into our journey?

A traditional definition of almsgiving includes donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. On a deeper level, almsgiving is “a witness to fraternal charity” and “a work of justice pleasing to God” (CCC 2462).


While generosity may encourage others to give, our almsgiving should not have anything to do with . . . View the full text here.

This post first appeared on the Catholic Charities of the Arlington Diocese blog on February 24, 2016.

Art Bennett is President and CEO, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington. He and his wife Laraine are co-authors of four books on temperament and emotions. The Bennetts are members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in Gainesville.

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