Almsgiving and Lent
Giving alms to the poor is one of the most concrete ways of fraternal charity. “It is also a work of justice pleasing to God: He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none, and he who has food must do likewise. But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, everything is clean for you. 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?” (Catechism, Nos. 2462 and 2447).
If we think of this in terms of media, most things we buy online are a luxury and a privilege. One suggestion is to deny ourselves anything we would buy online and give alms, or match whatever we buy online with an almsgiving. The hope with almsgiving is that we will learn to be generous and become more trusting and dependent on God to meet our needs rather than providing for ourselves.