PRAY, FAST, GIVE
(Matthew 26:41) Watch ye, and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh weak.
(Mark 11:25-26) And when you shall stand to pray, forgive, if you have aught against any man; that your Father also, who is in heaven, may forgive you your sins. But if you will not forgive, neither will your Father that is in heaven, forgive you your sins.
(1 Thessalonians 5:17) Pray without ceasing.
(Ecclesiasticus 3:4) He that loveth God, shall obtain pardon for his sins by prayer, and shall refrain himself from them, and shall be heard in the prayer of days.
(Ecclesiasticus 21:1) My son, hast thou sinned? do so no more: but for thy former sins also pray that they may be forgiven thee.
(Matthew 6:16-18) And when you fast, be not as the hypocrites, sad. For they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But thou, when thou fastest anoint thy head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not to men to fast, but to thy Father who is in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret, will repay thee.
(Ecclesiasticus 34:30-31) He that washeth himself after touching the dead, if he toucheth him again, what doth his washing avail? So a man that fasteth for his sins, and doth the same again, what doth his humbling himself profit him? who will hear his prayer?
(Ecclesiasticus 35:5) To depart from iniquity is that which pleaseth the Lord, and to depart from injustice, is an entreaty for sins.
(Tobias 4:7-12) Give alms out of thy substance, and turn not away thy face from any poor person: for so it shall come to pass that the face of the Lord shall not be turned from thee. According to thy ability be merciful. If thou have much give abundantly: if thou have a little, take care even so to bestow willingly a little. For thus thou storest up to thyself a good reward for the day of necessity. For alms deliver from all sin, and from death, and will not suffer the soul to go into darkness. Alms shall be a great confidence before the most high God, to all them that give it.
(Tobias 12:8-9) Prayer is good with fasting and alms more than to lay up treasures of gold: For alms delivereth from death, and the same is that which purgeth away sins, and maketh to find mercy and life everlasting.
(Psalm 40:2-3) Blessed is he that understandeth concerning the needy and the poor: the Lord will deliver him in the evil day. The Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth: and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.
(Proverbs 14:31) He that oppresseth the poor, upbraideth his Maker: but he that hath pity on the poor, honoureth him.
(Proverbs 19:17) He that hath mercy on the poor, lendeth to the Lord: and he will repay him.
(Proverbs 21:13) He that stoppeth his ear against the cry of the poor, shall also cry himself and shall not be heard.
(Proverbs 28:27) He that giveth to the poor, shall not want: he that despiseth his entreaty, shall suffer indigence.
(Ecclesiasticus 3:33-34) Water quencheth a flaming fire, and alms resisteth sins: And God provideth for him that sheweth favour: he remembereth him afterwards, and in the time of his fall he shall find a sure stay.
(Ecclesiasticus 4:1) Son, defraud not the poor of alms, and turn not away thy eyes from the poor.
(Ecclesiasticus 4:36) Let not thy hand be stretched out to receive, and shut when thou shouldst give.
(Ecclesiasticus 7:10) Neglect not to pray, and to give alms.
(Ecclesiasticus 12:1-2) If thou do good, know to whom thou dost it, and there shall be much thanks for thy good deeds. Do good to the just, and thou shalt find great recompense: and if not of him, assuredly of the Lord.
(Ecclesiasticus 12:6-7) Do good to the humble, and give not to the ungodly: hold back thy bread, and give it not to him, lest thereby he overmaster thee. For thou shalt receive twice as much evil for all the good thou shalt have done to him: for the Highest also hateth sinners, and will repay vengeance to the ungodly.
(Ecclesiasticus 14:13) Do good to thy friend before thou die, and according to thy ability, stretching out thy hand give to the poor.
(Ecclesiasticus 29:12-17) Help the poor because of the commandment: and send him not away empty handed because of his poverty. Lose thy money for thy brother and thy friend: and hide it not under a stone to be lost. Place thy treasure in the commandments of the most High, and it shall bring thee more profit than gold. Shut up alms in the heart of the poor, and it shall obtain help for thee against all evil. Better than the shield of the mighty, and better than the spear: It shall fight for thee against thy enemy.
(Matthew 6:1-4) Take heed that you do not your justice before men, to be seen by them: otherwise you shall not have a reward of your Father who is in heaven. Therefore when thou dost an almsdeed, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honoured by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But when thou dost alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth. That thy alms may be in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret will repay thee.
(Matthew 19:21) Jesus saith to him: If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come follow me.
(Matthew 21:18-19) And in the morning, returning into the city, he was hungry. And seeing a certain fig tree by the way side, he came to it, and found nothing on it but leaves only, and he saith to it: May no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And immediately the fig tree withered away.
(Luke 3:9-11) For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down and cast into the fire. And the people asked him, saying: What then shall we do? And he answering, said to them: He that hath two coats, let him give to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do in like manner.
(Luke 6:30) Give to every one that asketh thee, and of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again.
(Luke 6:38) Give, and it shall be given to you: good measure and pressed down and shaken together and running over shall they give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you shall mete withal, it shall be measured to you again.
(Luke 12:33-34) Sell what you possess and give alms. Make to yourselves bags which grow not old, a treasure in heaven which faileth not: where no thief approacheth, nor moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
(Luke 19:8-10) But Zacheus standing, said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wronged any man of any thing, I restore him fourfold. Jesus said to him: This day is salvation come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
(Acts 20:35) I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the word of the Lord Jesus, how he said: It is a more blessed thing to give, rather than to receive.
(James 2:14-17) What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him? And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food: And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit? So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.