Almsgiving is valuable because we’re members of a mystical body-we’re implicated in each other. I can never say that your suffering is not mine or that your neediness is not mine. All of us are co-implicated.
We’re responsible for each other and giving alms is a very concrete way to acknowledge that.
Almsgiving is also tied to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Every Catholic is obligated, everyday, to practice those. Almsgiving offers a very clear and concrete way to fulfill that obligation.
“We’re responsible for each other and giving alms is a very concrete way to acknowledge that.”
– Father Robert Barron