Do we have a duty to help the poor? How do we quantify that?
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I think it depends on two things: our state in life (and how much we can afford to justly give) and the degree to which we are striving for perfection. With regard to the former, a father who is the primary bread-winner of his family ought not give away the money with which he provides food, clothing, and shelter to his wife and children. He may give away some money, but not so much that he deprives his family of the necessities of survival.

With regard to the latter, Our Lord advised the rich young man to sell all his things and give the proceeds to the poor. This was not the rich young man's duty, but it was an act that Our Lord saw as being necessary for the rich young man's perfection.

Ultimately, the determination of quantity is a matter that must be completely determined by conscience. It's not something scalable or comparable between individuals.
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Re: Do we have a duty to help the poor? How do we quantify that? - by rbjmartin - 02-02-2012, 06:07 PM



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