FASTING: If we lament over the sacrifice of food it means we give more importance in pleasing our belly than in healing our soul. The most bitter of medicine heals a strong ailment, so sin that abides in us can be killed by fasting. Fasting makes the flesh docile in order to love God.
PRAYER is an intimate relationship with God. Let us set aside thoughts of offenses done to us, just as we wish God not to remember our wicked actions against our neighbors. Let us be aware of our offenses and ask forgiveness.
ALMSGIVING: Let us honor Christ while there is still time. We can visit and care for him. He waits to be fed, to be clothed. We can be charitable because Christ loves us generously. We can extend our helping hand to help the poor. That hand can be yours or mine.