So during Lent we practice three spiritual disciplines; prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The word alms comes from the Greek word eleemosyne, which means “compassion or pity,” and is itself from the word eleos, which means “mercy.”
Last week my 75 year old brother moved in with us while he is recovering from a shoulder replacement. Turns out, this is one tough joint replacement to recover from! Since it is his right arm that is in a sling, and he is right-handed, and the pain with movement is pretty substantial, there is not much he can do for himself. Rex and I have willingly become caregivers in every sense of the word.
Meanwhile, I am taking an on-line course called The Fransiscan Way and I can’t find time to do my course work. I just remarked to Rex that it has been days since I have taken the time to sit and truly meditate and pray. What I am just realizing today is that, right now, it is all about almsgiving for me. I am being given many opportunities to show mercy, compassion, and pity. Going forward this week, as I fast from some of the things that I would normally be doing for myself, I am going embrace these acts of compassion as my prayer and meditation.
Pray, Fast, Serve