Practical service isn’t out of our reach. In many reflective ways, we can make choices to act in solidarity with those for whom we desire to have a special care, and from whom we know we will learn much about faith and trust in God.
Very many people depend on charity. We live in societies that do not provide for an equal distribution of our resources or offer means for growth in dignity and justice in attaining them. We might take some time to research how the poorest of the poor are cared for in our area. We might practice our generosity in preparing food, serving it ourselves, or sharing what we have with food pantries that offer daily survival to those in need. We might be inspired to go deeper. What graces might come to us if we were to go to a meal program and eat with and visit with the poor? What fears would we need to overcome? What could we learn if we ask how they are getting along or if we ask them about their faith? We might grow in courage to bring our children or friends to spend time with the poor. How might we return to our lives with greater freedom and trust? What else might we do that fits with our circumstances and the needs around us and in the world?
| This is from Praying Lent by Andy Alexander, SJ, and Maureen McCann Waldron.