Take two boards and make a cross.
One board is prayer to God. The other is almsgiving to people.
Prayer lifts you higher and higher to God.
Charity is spreading more and more to the people around us.
The peace we experience when we entrust ourselves to the will of God is the nail.
We need to have peace and patience. Only then, it is this nail that will unite these two boards (prayer and almsgiving) and will become a source of blessing, that is, the Cross.
Never give almsgiving and prayer up. They will bring blessing and consolation from heaven to your heart. And they will be refreshing as the morning dew cools the thirsty grass.
Saint Nikolaj Velimirović