Almsgiving is one of the oldest spiritual practices enjoined by all of the world’s religions, and most especially in penitential seasons. It is a spiritual discipline because it is almost always difficult to part with one’s own goods-whether coins or food, whether from surplus or from substance. Once upon a time, the outstretched hand of the widow or orphan, the begging bowl of a wandering monk, the man beaten and left...
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