Not what we give, but what we share, for the gift without the giver is bare.
Where there is plenty, charity is a duty, not a courtesy
We must give alms. Charity wins souls and draws them to virtue.
Give, if thou can, an alms; if not, a sweet and gentle word.
To give alms is nothing unless you give thought also.
One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand.
The rich man who gives to the poor does not bestow alms but pays a debt.
Almsgiving above all else requires money, but even this shines with a brighter luster when the alms are given from our poverty. The widow who paid in the two mites was poorer than any human, but she outdid them all.
We may cover a multitude of sins with the white robe of charity.
As far as you can, do some manual work so as to be able to give alms, for it is written that alms and faith purify from sin.
Alms are an inheritance and a justice which is due to the poor and which Jesus has levied upon us.
To drive men from independence to live on alms, is itself great cruelty.
In giving alms, let us rather look at the needs of the poor than his claim to your charity.
It's more blessed to give than to receive - especially kittens.
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
When thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what they right hand doeth.
Yet, when we must put aside our wrath, quench our envy, soften our anger, offer our prayers, and show a disposition which is reasonable, mild, kindly, and loving, how could poverty stand in our way? For we accomplish these things not by spending money but by making the correct choice.
Who gives himself with his alms feeds three, himself, his hungering neighbor and me.
Walking does good to the fat and giving alms does good to the sinners; these both make one feel lighter!
Love the earth and sun and animals, Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, Stand up for the stupid and crazy, Devote your income and labor to others... And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
There is not a soul who does not have to beg alms of another, either a smile, a handshake, or a fond eye.
The best remedy for dryness of spirit, is to picture ourselves as beggars in the presence of God and the Saints, and like a beggar, to go first to one saint, then to another, to ask a spiritual alms of them with the same earnestness as a poor fellow in the streets would ask an alms of us.
All religions have honored the beggar. For he proves that in a matter at the same time as prosaic and holy, banal and regenerative as the giving of alms, intellect and morality, consistency and principles are miserably inadequate.
Should we grieve over a little misplaced charity, when an all knowing, all wise Being showers down every day his benefits on the unthankful and undeserving?
The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man's abode.
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