It is to be noted that man by almsgiving acquires a threefold spiritual good.

Remission of sins—Break off thine iniquities by showing mercy to the poor (Dn 4:24). By mercy and truth iniquity is purged (Prv 16:6). By mercy the iniquity of sinners is remitted when it gives to and forgives others. By truth is understood justice accusing itself for its iniquity, and repenting.

The hearing of prayers—Shut up alms in the heart of the poor, and it shall obtain help for you against all evil (Sir 29:12); that is to say, in removing evil. Alms shut up in the heart are useful for advising and consulting.

The preservation of grace—The alms of men is as a signet with him, and shall preserve the grace of a man (Sir 17:22).

It is to be similarly noted that by almsgiving people acquire a threefold eternal good.

Liberation from eternal death—For alms deliver from all sin and from death (Tb 4:10).

The possession of eternal life—Godliness is profitable, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come (1 Tm 4:8).

The increase of eternal reward—He which sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly, and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully, and shall obtain eternal life (2 Cor 9:6); to which may we be brought.

– Saint Thomas Aquinas (†1274) was a Dominican priest from Italy. He remains one of the Church’s premier Doctors.

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