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Ideas prácticas de limosna: Adoptando una obra de caridad para Cuaresma.

How can we make the most out of almsgiving during Lent and what is the importance of this practice in growing in holiness?

In observance of Lent, the Church encourages the practice of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in order to redirect one’s heart towards God. These practices are significant as they serve as powerful spiritual tools for personal growth in holiness, with each complementing the other. Prayer enables one to connect with God, fasting empties the self to allow for the filling of God’s grace, and almsgiving directs one’s attention towards the needs of others. Admittedly, prayer forms, such as Stations of the Cross, Penance Services, and Eucharistic Holy Hours, are usually highlighted as traditional rites for Lent. Fasting is commonly shared among Christians of different denominations as a way of observing the season. However, almsgiving is the least discussed practice, despite its potential for positively impacting the lives of others.

Saint John Chrysostom acknowledged the value of almsgiving, pointing out that it provides a channel of aid for those in need while giving supporters a sense of belongingness, hope, and joy. One practical way to take part in almsgiving is by adopting a trusted charity where one can channel efforts towards a noble cause, resulting in positive solutions and lasting change. Mary’s Meals is a charity named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, that offers an opportunity to put faith into action by providing meals to children from some of the poorest regions of the world. Thus, this Lenten season offers an ideal time to support Mary’s Meals and praying for hungry children globally, and through this, practice the seamless linkage of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Mary’s Meals’ objective is to alleviate hunger and to support schooling for children in impoverished regions worldwide by providing them with daily nutritious meals, leading them into classrooms as the meals replace their need to scavenge for sustenance elsewhere. These meals allow these children to acquire the concentration that they would require to make the most of their education, thus breaking free from the bondage of poverty. Mary’s Meals offers worldwide supporters the chance to pray for, fast with, and practice almsgiving to support these underprivileged children while keeping them abreast of their work through monthly newsletters.

It would be best to choose a charity such as Mary’s Meals or another charity that serves works of mercy as you observe Lent, and your love and kindness for those in need are received by Jesus. Indeed, Jesus revealed to us that He takes these gestures of kindness personally, as “as you did it to the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” Hence, choosing to support a charity is a beautiful reason to come even closer to Jesus during this season of Lent.

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Las siguientes preguntas pueden ayudarnos a profundizar y reflexionar sobre el tema:

1. ¿Qué tres prácticas espirituales se enfatizan durante la Cuaresma?
Las tres prácticas espirituales enfatizadas durante la Cuaresma son la oración, el ayuno y la limosna.

2. ¿Cómo ayudan estas prácticas espirituales a crecer en santidad?
Estas prácticas nos ayudan a crecer en santidad al conectarnos con Dios a través de la oración, vaciarnos de nosotros mismos mediante el ayuno y dirigir nuestra atención a las necesidades de los demás a través de la limosna.

3. ¿Por qué se destaca la limosna como una práctica espiritual menos mencionada?
La limosna se destaca como una práctica espiritual menos mencionada durante la Cuaresma porque a menudo no se le da la misma atención que la oración y el ayuno.

4. ¿Cómo podemos enfocar nuestros esfuerzos de limosnas?
Podemos enfocar nuestros esfuerzos de limosnas adoptando una organización benéfica confiable que nos permita unirnos con otros en una misión digna y brinde soluciones positivas a los demás.

5. ¿Por qué deberíamos apoyar una organización como Mary’s Meals?
Apoyar una organización como Mary’s Meals nos permite poner nuestra fe en acción al proporcionar comida a niños hambrientos en países pobres, lo que a su vez les brinda la oportunidad de recibir educación y romper el ciclo de la pobreza.

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