The world does not say to give; the world says to take, to collect, to receive, to want, to have more. Christ's message is precisely the opposite: "Give, and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will, in return, be measured out to you" (Luke 6:38). This charitable expectation, based on the Lord's assertion in Luke 6:38, is similarly reflected in a well-know excerpt from the Prayer of Saint Francis: "It is in giving that we receive." When we give of themselves, through numerous capacities, this will allow us to realize that it is in our gratuitous generosity of spirit that we will ultimately find the energy to labor for the redemptive education of both ourselves and peers.
During Lent, we strive to remember the less fortunate through financial and material contributions. Some people choose to refrain from certain activities, such as dining out or going to the movies, and give the money that would have been spent on these activities to the poor. Almsgiving is another sign of our intention to avoid sin and to be more faithful to God.