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Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Corporal Works of Mercy: Give to the Poor

...give to the poor....

The Rice Bowl at lent is a beautiful example of this corporal work of mercy!

My family during the last week of lent, Holy Week, embarked on what we dubbed as our $21 Fast. If you want to read about it or remember the adventure you can read about it here.   The idea had been spurred because of the Rice Bowl.  Here is what I shared about it in February.

This experience created an amazing impact for my family but I think especially for my husband.  I asked him what he felt he had learned the most from the experience.  He shared how it taught him to slow down.  He has always eaten food without really thinking.  He eats as much as he can, as fast as he can.  It has always just been in his nature.  We tease that he must have a tape worm because he can truly sit down and eat 2 or 3 helpings of food and it not phase him.  But during the 7 day $21 fast his portions were so small that he realized he needed to make the moment last otherwise his plate or bowl would be empty in 2 minutes and then what!?

My daughter had moments where she realized her hunger was making her irritable.  We discussed how there are children EVERY DAY who go to school hungry and how difficult it must be to concentrate on their studies because of their hunger.

I think this experience not only reminded us how blessed we are but how we can and should on a regular bases be willing to donate a bit more for the poor. That every time we are asked to give to the poor or for the poor at church or in other situations we do exactly that!

Can you collect your change in a jar and every week give it to a charity?
Can you start making a pledge to a charity that specifically tend to the poor?
Do you know a family that could use a bit of help with bills, etc?
How can you give more to the poor!?

Hugs and blessings my dear readers....friends....family....
~Kelly :)

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