Three Cheers for Almsgiving

God honored Abel’s sacrifice because Cain failed to “divide rightly” (Genesis 4:7-Septuagint).  Hebrews 11:4 also adds, “Abel’s offering was made in faith.” As Irenaeus and other Church Fathers pointed out, the Jews gave a tithe while Jesus’ advice to the rich young ruler was to sell everything (cf.  Matthew 19:21; Mark 10:21; Luke 18:22).   Most [...]

Praying Alone

Lord Jesus. Meek and humble of heart, Hear me. From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being preferred to [...]