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March 9

Lent 2018

Friday of the Third Week of Lent


Today we honor another Lenten saint, St. Frances of Rome, who gave most of her great wealth to the poor.


When we give alms, we can give money, our time, and/or our talents. We sacrifice our comfort for the sake of others. How have you viewed almsgiving during this penitential season? Has giving of your time, talent, or treasure brought about a change of heart?


The ease with which we are able to give alms may depend largely on how much we earn. For those out of work, the challenge is greater still. Today, we pray for those in our life who may be between jobs or looking for work.

Loving God,

you created the human race

and you know each one of us by name.

Through Christ you have chosen us

to be your sons and daughters

and to build up your Kingdom on earth.


Give [insert name here] the work he/she seeks

so that he/she may share his/her talents with others

and know the dignity and satisfaction

that you give to us through our work.

Give him/her patience while you open doors,

and grant him/her the wisdom to see your will.


Keep our family in your care

and provide for all our needs.

Never let stress diminish our love for each other

nor the desire for material things

lessen our love for you.


With confidence and trust, loving God,

we make this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord.


—Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, 303-304


The three pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Keeping St. Frances of Rome, who donated much of her wealth to the poor, in your thoughts today, consider how much you have donated this Lenten season. Consider some of the ways you can give money to the poor this Lent

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