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Greetings on Clean Friday!
The word alms in Old English was aelmysse. In Latin – eleemosyna.
Alms in Greek is eleemosune – meaning compassion; while eleemon and eleos, also used for alms – imply mercy.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. ~ Matthew 5:7
A poor man when he reaches out to you does not beg, but offers you the Kingdom of God. ~ St. Arsenie Papacioc
He who gives alms in imitation of God does not discriminate between the wicked and the virtuous, the just and the unjust, when providing for men’s bodily needs. ~ St. Maximos the Confessor
Sins are purged by alms and acts of faith. ~ St. Clement of Alexandria
May your Lenten Journey be peaceful and fruitful.