Sometimes we can become confused over what charity is. We tend to think it is a giving of 'things' to those who cannot afford to buy these 'things' for themselves. Yes, that is a charitable act to give food, clothes and other essentials to those in need.
Charity is also Spirit, which brings forth the little things, those small acts of love which we can do but out of self-consciousness we fail to do.
There is also the case that many mothers and fathers simply do not have the time to spend an hour with the lonely and oppressed and this is perfectly understandable and reasonable. Even this can be turned around when you look at things through the inspiration of the Divine.
We are not called to make grand gestures or to give what we cannot afford so we can give the appearance of being generous.
Give from the heart.
Many of us have to do grocery shopping, when was the last time you thanked the check out assistant? Have you ever thought about phoning the store manager and letting him/her know how helpful you found a particular worker or workers?
Nearly all Parishes have a sick list have you considered making home made cards with your children to send to those who need the uplift? A kind word or to know that someone is praying for them?
God doesnt need grand gestures from us, but when we do these little acts of kindness it rings out in Heaven like a symphony of such beauty that God fills our own hearts with the Grace we need to Love as He does.
To give from the heart, is a Gift that is priceless, because it comes not from you but from God Himself.