n.1.An act of charity.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The woman, although she receives Jesus' praise in silence, must have been shocked to hear her big moment made into a simple almsdeed, to hear him say that being Israel's anointed means being dead and buried, not powerful and effective.
He had faith, this man whose prayers and almsdeeds were able to please [God] and by his good deeds he earned the right to know God perfectly and to believe in the mystery of the incarnation of his Only-begotten, so that he might approach the sacrament of baptism.
Virtuous actions must be deliberately chosen for their own sakes (see the Commentary on Book II, 3 of the Nicomachean Ethics); this is why almsdeeds motivated by vainglory, e.g., are sinful rather than virtuous (1-2, q.