Posts Tagged ‘almsgiving’

Ways to Pray: Fasting, Almsgiving and Service

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

As Catholics, we have built into our devotional lives certain periods of special prayer and practices such as fasting, almsgiving and service. It all begins, of course, with prayer, with our personal, active, living raising of heart and mind to God. But here we mean more than a quick formal prayer to start the day […] [Read more]

Proclaim a Fast

Friday, February 13th, 2015

The Lord calls us to return to him with our whole heart, we hear on Ash Wednesday, with the prophet Joel saying to us, “Proclaim a fast!” With this instruction, the Church begins the season of Lent. From the very beginning, fasting, together with prayer and almsgiving, became the way of preparation to celebrate the […] [Read more]

Ask the Cardinal: The Lenten Penitential Practice of Fasting

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Why does the Church say that we ought to give up something for Lent, including abstaining from meat on Fridays and fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday? In his Letter to the Romans which we heard at Mass last Sunday, Saint Paul urges us to live not according to the flesh, with a concern […] [Read more]

Ask the Cardinal: Helping the Poor

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Recently we observed the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of a “War on Poverty.”  Yet, in many ways, it seems we have just as much, if not more, poverty today.  What does Catholic social teaching have to say about eradicating poverty? Jesus taught us that we have a relationship with each other.  We […] [Read more]

Return to the Lord with Your Whole Heart, for He is Merciful

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Today in many of our churches, the words, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel,” from the Gospel of Mark (1:15) will be repeated as Catholics have their foreheads signed with ashes to mark the beginning of the 40 days of Lent.  This holy […] [Read more]