Charity

The Rich, Not States, are Called to Help Others

At the end of part eight in this series, I observed that Pope Leo XIII lays a heavy obligation upon the rich.  What is that obligation?  Who are the rich? Like Thomas Aquinas, whom he admired so well, Leo is quite practical.  It is right for a man to provide for his family so that [...]

Who’s Killing Grandma?

Last summer Republican proposals to reform Medicare inspired the Democratic public relations machine to new heights of hyperbole, the most hyperbolic showing a look-alike of congressman Paul Ryan unceremoniously dumping grandma off a cliff. The clear implication is that the Democrats care and Republicans are simply nasty. But who is really killing grandma and does [...]

Charity in the Face of Opposition

"But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." —Matthew 5:44 That's a tough order, to love your enemy.  But it's direct from Christ and a non-negotiable for a Christian.  I understand the meaning behind Christ's words, but can often struggle in implementing them. When someone spits in your face, [...]

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