Alms-Giving: Cleaning the Closets, Part 2

picLent has been historically described as a time of prayer, fasting and alms-giving.  The past few weeks I have shared about prayer, but, now that we are into the midst of Lent it is time to look at alms-giving as a spiritual discipline that hopefully would turn into a way of life.

Alms giving refers cialis generique to the intentional giving of money and other needed items to support the poor.  Alms giving is a centuries old practice and is still practiced today under a variety of names.. 

One of the customs of Shrove Tuesday, in preparation for Lent,  is to clean the house thoroughly to get rid of all specks of yeast buy levitra line us and fats. This “housecleaning, can take many forms.

It would

be a good idea to also use the season of Lent to clean out the closets in order to simplify our lives and to share with the poor.  The other day I came across a survey reporting that the average American man owns 12 pairs of shoes, while the average American woman owns a whopping 27 pairs. That would make the national average about 19 pairs per person. Wow! Really?

When so many are going without adequate or ANY shoes or clothing, one wonders what one would do with all of those shoes.  The survey also showed that most people actually rotated around three pairs of shoes as favorites and seldom wore the others.  Why?

A friend of mine prix du cialis 5mg en belgique has stated that she believes a closet should only hold 33 items of clothing.  Anything more, for her, is excess.  How many white shirts do you need?  How many of the items in the closet actually get worn?  Who might be able to use what you are not using?

So, don’t store things.  Give things away to the service of the poor.  Take things to Good Will or other agencies where they items can be put to good use.

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