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A Roman Catholic Parish serving Mount Pleasant & North Providence since 1929

The Pastor’s Corner

Posted on Mar 14, 2019

Dear Parishioners-

At the time I am writing this column, the Powerball jackpot has already climbed to
$448 million. (Maybe a winner will be able to claim the BIG prize the next time the numbers are drawn). I am
reminded of a T-shirt I saw recently that read: “Lord, let me win the lottery so I can show you how generous I can
be.” What would you be willing to do for others with such substantial winnings? Most of us will never have to
worry.

The foundational call of Christians to charity is a frequent theme of the Gospels. During Lent, we are
asked to focus more intently on “almsgiving,”which refers to donating money or goods to the poor and
performing other acts of charity. As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is “a witness to
fraternal charity” and “a work of justice pleasing to God.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2462).
Generosity is not simply giving my excess clothes to a place where poor people might purchase them. It is not
even just about writing a check to an agency or cause that benefits the poor. These are wonderful practices for
sure. Generosity is also an attitude. It is a sense that no matter how much I have, all that I have is a gift, and
given to me to be shared. It means that sharing with others in need is one of my personal priorities. That is
quite different from assessing all my needs first and then giving away what is left over. As we make sacrifices, in
order to experience freedom from self-directed needs, we also experience a freedom for other-directed love and
generosity.

Lent is a great time to practice self-less giving because it takes practice. This kind of self-sacrificing generosity
can have spiritual benefits for us in the short-term and the long-term. We can develop the virtue of generosity
which can prove beneficial to the giver and receiver. There are several special opportunities for almsgiving
through donations to Church ministries during the Lenten season including: the Annual Catholic Charity
Appeal, the CRS Rice Bowl, Pontifical Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land and the ongoing diocesan
Grateful for God’s Providence Campaign among others.

There are countless other ways to offer your time, talent and treasure to needy individuals and organizations
during Lent.

Father Forcier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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