It’s the way to give thanks for all the blessings and mercy you have received in life.
Almsgiving helps move life along smoothly: giving of ourselves to others — spending more time with family and friends
— giving blood to aid in someone’s healing — visiting the sick to give them hope — listening and comforting those who are grieving.
It is the way to fulfill God’s calling to the faithful to perform Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.
Stop being just “polite” and truly help your neighbor. Whether its giving food to the pantry
or sending cards to cheer up a homebound parishioner or signing up to be an organ donor — it is never too small an act of mercy.
It is imperative that we no longer pass by those in need and say, “it’s not my job”.
Nor can we condemn the outcasts and those considered “different” thus turning us into the bullies we teach our kids not to be.
We are not alone on this planet — Embrace this fact. Try to seek justice in the lives of others —
Try to show the Love present in the Mercy of God to all people, but don’t break the bank and leave your soul and your pockets completely empty.
For you have been called by name to be a good steward of all that God created.
Make this a LIVING LENT!
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS IDEAS
Leave quarters at the laundromat.
Have you encountered someone in customer service who is especially kind? Take an extra five minutes to tell their manager.
Leave unused coupons next to corresponding products in the grocery store.
Leave a note on someone’s car telling them how awesome they parked.
Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
Write a kind message on your mirror with a dry erase marker for yourself, your significant other or a family member.
Smile at five strangers.
Set an alarm on your phone to go off at three different times during the day. In those moments, do something kind for someone else.
Send a gratitude email to a coworker who deserves more recognition.
Practice self-kindness and spend 30 minutes doing something you love today.
Give away stuff for free on Craig’s List.
Write a gratitude list in the morning and again in the evening.
Know parents who could use a night out? Offer to babysit for free.
Hold up positive signs for traffic or in a park for people exercising outside!
Return shopping carts for people at the grocery store.
Buy a plant. Put it in a terracotta pot. Write positive words that describe a friend on the pot. Give it to that friend!
Write a positive comment on your favorite blog, website, or a friend’s social media account.
Have a clean up party at a beach or park.
While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
Leave a kind server the biggest tip you can afford.
Pick up any litter outside
Put 50 paper hearts in a box. On each cutout write something that is special about your partner or a friend. Give them the box and tell them to pull out a heart anytime they need a pick-me-up.
Everyone is important. Learn the names of your office security guard, the person at the front desk and other people you see every day.
Greet them by name. Also say “hello” to strangers and smile. These acts of kindness are so easy, and they almost always make people smile.
Write your partner a list of things you love about them.
Purchase extra dog or cat food and bring it to an animal shelter.
Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make someone’s entire day. Don’t just think it. Say it.
Take flowers or treats to the nurses’ station at your nearest hospital.
Keep an extra umbrella at work, so you can lend it out when it rains.
Take muffins or cookies to your local librarians.
Run an errand for a family member who is busy.
Put quarters in the gumball machines.
Put your phone away while in the company of others.
Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life.
When you hear that discouraging voice in your head, tell yourself something positive — you deserve kindness too!