According to Pope Benedict XVI, there is a place for political and social action but it should never come at the expense of the individual human actions that make up true Christian charity. At the heart of the Lenten call to ‘almsgiving’ is more than just a transfer of finance or material comfort to the poor. What matters even more is that these actions should also involve a genuine gift of ourselves to one another. In this episode I talk about the ‘gift of self’, the place of political programs and much more.