Of the three marks of Lent – prayer, fasting and almsgiving – almsgiving is often the most neglected. And yet, it’s the only place where the Bible brings all three together, the inspired author puts the emphasis firmly on the last: “Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness… It is better to give alms than to store up gold; for almsgiving saves one from death and expiates every sin. Those who regularly give alms shall enjoy a full life” (Tob 12:8-9). Why is almsgiving so powerful? Because it’s prayer, and it involves fasting. Almsgiving is a form of prayer because it is “giving to God” – and not mere philanthropy. It is a form of fasting because it demands sacrificial giving – not just giving something, but giving up something. Almsgiving is prayer and fasting.
During our Ash Wednesday Services guest will be asked to support our local St. Mary’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference (SVdP). Participants will be given a SVdP Bag with a request for food and toiletries. Attached to the SVdP Bag will also be an envelope for a monetary donation. Download the instruction on how to participate.
Instructions: SVdP Food Drive
St. Mary’s Basilica Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference (SVdP) is dedicated to feeding, clothing, housing and healing individuals and families in our downtown community who have no where else to turn for help. As important, SVdP provides meaningful opportunities for benefactors and volunteers to serve their neighbors in need with love and compassion. St. Mary’s Basilica SVdP has been serving our community since 1946.
For more information on St. Mary’s Basilica Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference visit: St. Vincent de Paul
Director of Faith Development
Br. Scott Slattum, OFM