If alms are given only from the hand, they do not cleanse the hand, let alone the heart and soul and mind. Alms from the hand are indispensable, but they cleanse only the giver when the heart moves the hand to almsgiving. As well as this almsgiving from the hand, there are other kinds of almsgiving. Prayer for the other’s interior is almsgiving and also grieving over human illness and joy in another’s joy. This is an almsgiving that proceeds from the heart and creates cleanliness in the heart and soul and mind.
St. Nikolai Velimirovic