Lent Day 36 – Why is Almsgiving Valuable?

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Almsgiving is valuable because we’re members of a mystical body-we’re implicated in each other. I can never say that your suffering is not mine or that your neediness is not mine. All of us are co-implicated. 

We’re responsible for each other and giving alms is a very concrete way to acknowledge that. 

Almsgiving is also tied to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Every Catholic is obligated, everyday, to practice those. Almsgiving offers a very clear and concrete way to fulfill that obligation.  

“We’re responsible for each other and giving alms is a very concrete way to acknowledge that.”

– Father Robert Barron