“There is no more profitable practice as a companion to holy and spiritual fasting than that of alsmsgiving. This embraces under the single name of mercy many excellent works of devotion, so that the good intentions of all the faithful may be of equal value, even where their means are not.” (from today’s Office of Readings: St. Leo the Great)
Often students will argue that they are poor and so cannot give financially to many good causes. But can you give something? When I was a poor college student, the priest who ran our campus ministry used to tell us “I know you can’t write a check for the collection, but surely you can put in $2 in the plate?” I can tell you, that when the collection was counted at the end of the day on Sunday, we had to separate many dollar bills were wadded together in pairs.
But even if you can’t give money, you can always give of yourself. Give your time to listen to a friend who needs a listening ear (and heart). Give a helping hand to someone loaded down with burdens. Invite the person on your dorm floor who doesn’t seem to have many friends to have a meal or watch a movie or play a game.
Think about all you have received and about all that you have to give.