“Every good giving and every good gift is from above.” This word that we have from St. James today is so encouraging on this Mardi Gras day. As we get ready for the spiritual rigors of Lent, we might be tempted to see our fasting, almsgiving and prayer as onerous and undesirable. But when we realize that everything that we have is a gift from God, and that God gives us everything that we need, we might find it a bit easier to give up something, to reach out to the poor, and to enliven our prayer lives. Every good gift is from above, and taking forty days out to remember that is a joyous thing indeed.
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