He pointed out that there is something about fasting, about self-denial of our bodies that opens up our souls. But he told us that we couldn't stop with fasting; we also had to add prayer. All I could think about was that when we fast we are creating a space in ourselves, and that through prayer we are inviting God to fill that space. Then he reminded us that this openness to God should lead to loving our neighbor. I really like that he didn't just call it "almsgiving", but reminded us that all of it is to lead to love of God and love of neighbor.
You know, I never thought about that connection. It makes sense that they fit together in that way, but I never saw how one led to the other like that! Maybe you knew it all along, but sometimes I need a little help.
Here's wishing you a grace-filled Lent!