Almsgiving is the practice of giving to those in need. It is a way of showing love and compassion for others. Almsgiving can also be a way of expressing our gratitude for God’s blessings. Almsgiving is an important part of Lent, as it allows us to share with those in need and to be an example of mercy in the world.

We often think of Almsgiving as giving money or goods but it can just as easily be about giving time, attention or affection. The key to it all is that we give, and give generously to those who are in need.

Day 1 – Start with scripture

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have a read of this scripture passage. Think about what Jesus is telling us to do.

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Luke
R. Glory to You O Lord

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

The Gospel of the Lord
R. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

Luke 21:1-4

Spend some time in pairs or threes and talk about the questions below. When you’re finished share them with the whole form and see where the dialogue takes you.

Discussion Questions:

What do you think the key message is from the passage?

What do you think it means for us today?

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Day 2 – Catholic Social Teaching

Preferential Option for the Poor

There are many aspects to Catholic social teaching but the one we are going to focus on today is one of the most important.

The option for the poor reminds us of God’s preferential love for the poorest and most vulnerable people. God’s love is universal; he does not side with oppressors, but loves the humble.

This principle is believed to have originated from the Liberation Theology movement in Latin America. For the first time, people living in poverty in the slums were holding the Bible in their own hands and imagining a world free from injustice.

Those less fortunate than ourselves….

As a form think about those who are in need, both globally and locally. Being poor can be understood in different ways. We can be poor of the basic things we need like food and water but we can also be poor of things like friendship and hope.

As a form think about those who you would like to hold in prayer and try and help this week. Create a poster/sign to put on your door so that every time you leave the room you keep those in need in mind.

Day 3 -Hit the Headlines

One news story has dominated out headlines in recent weeks – The war in Gaza. Over recent weeks we’ve seen just how it has affected the innocent civilians caught in the middle of the fighting.

This report is taken from bbc.com

The Israeli military has said it expects the conflict in Gaza to continue throughout 2024.

In a new year’s message, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman said troop deployments were being adjusted to prepare for “prolonged fighting”.

Daniel Hagari said some troops – especially reservists – would be withdrawn to allow them to regroup.

“These adaptations are intended to ensure the planning and preparation for continuing the war in 2024,” he said.

“The IDF must plan ahead out of an understanding that there will be additional missions and the fighting will continue the rest of the year.”

He said that some reservists would leave Gaza “as soon as this week” to allow them to “re-energise ahead of the coming operations”.

Some 21,978 people – mostly women and children – have been killed in Gaza since 7 October, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. Its latest update said 56,697 people in Gaza had been wounded over the same period.

The figures included 156 people killed and 246 injured in the last 24 hours, the ministry added.

The latest war was triggered by an unprecedented cross-border attack by Hamas gunmen on southern Israel on 7 October, in which 1,200 people were killed – most of them civilians – and about 240 others taken hostage.

BBC NEWS

Our faith calls us to still hope for peace and pray for reconciliation. Have a watch of these young people caught in the conflict. After the video spend some time in silence or in prayer and if you want to, share any prayers you’re inspired to say out loud.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.