Today is the feast day of St. Lucia, patron saint of blindness. This young girl was martyred for her Christian faith. One particular part of her story should be resonated, especially during Advent, which is naturally a season of almsgiving.
Though her mother had betrothed her to a pagan man, Lucia refused to marry because she had vowed her life to Christ. In addition, she challenged her mother give her dowry to the poor rather than waiting to give it away on her deathbed, "...whatever you give away at death for the Lord's sake you give because you cannot take it with you. Give now to the true Savior, while you are healthy, whatever you intended to give away at your death."