. . . almsgiving is . . . a state of mind and of being, in which we recognize that all of our resources — material, intellectual, attitudinal, etc. — are precisely gifts, gifts given to us to help others, and most certainly not given for our own indulgence or gratification. It's not only hard to adopt that attitude, but it's hard to figure out how to do it right. Lent is a time for us to think in those kinds of terms, and to ask God to show us how. . . .
~ Robert Heaney, "Lent: What's it for? How does it work?"*
* Robert Heaney is the John A. Creighton University Professor and Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, Creighton University. The quote is from Heaney's Lenten Presentation at CU on February 21, 2008.
Heaney's online ministries bio is here.
Creighton University Online Ministries