How Giving Up Something for Lent Can Benefit the Poor, by Philip Kosloski

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By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia, Feb 18, 2021

If you don’t eat desserts during Lent, give the excess money to the poor.

During Lent the Church encourages us to fast, pray and practice almsgiving. One way we can fulfill our commitment to almsgiving is by donating to those in need the cost of those things we’ve given up for Lent.

For example, maybe each week you allot some portion of your grocery budget to sweets or desserts. During Lent you might give up those sweets and, in turn, donate the money you saved by not purchasing sweets.

Here is how St. Claude de la Colombiere explains it in his book The Sufferings of Our Lord Jesus Christ. …

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