Message from Father Maurer
When he calls to me, I will answer; I will rescue him and give him honor. Long life and contentment will be his. Psalm 91:15-16
When he calls me, I will answer him; I will deliver him and give him glory, I will grant him length of days.
Blessed Lent! I hope that this beginning of the season has already borne fruit for you and your families.
When we speak of Lent, there are three pillars for this time: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Of these, two are fairly default in our practices - we are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, as well as abstaining from meat on Fridays of Lent. Prayer is both part of our Sunday Masses as well as the added opportunities for joining the Stations of the Cross. We do well, of course to add to that as we are called. I heartily recommend the rosary, especially prayed with your spouse and children - perhaps daily!
Of these, almsgiving is one that often involves more struggle. There is the temptation to rationalize not giving to the Church: "I give through my participation", "I donate through gifts to my friends", "I need to save for (blank)".
The Church often speaks of almsgiving as good for both the recipient of charity and the giver. In addition to filling the needs of someone other than our self – and there is always a need! – giving of our goods has its first goal a good for the giver - detachment that turns us toward God.
How much we rely on having: having a home, having clothing, having food, having a savings account, having a retirement, having things. In having, we slowly edge out God – thinking ourselves self-sufficient. God calls each of us to give alms - how is He inviting you to give of yourself, that you might rely only on Him?