Do we have a duty to help the poor? How do we quantify that?
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(02-02-2012, 06:32 PM)Spooky Wrote:
Quote: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

This is an interesting point, I've never thought about it in this way before. Perhaps Our Lord knew that wealth was dooming this person and knew if he didn't give it up, he would end up in Hell.

It's a little off-topic, but St. Francis de Sales has a great section in Treastise on the Love of God where he breaks this down and distinguishes between commandments of God and . . . I forget the other term but it is basically about God calling some people to embrace more and how this verse shouldn't be read as binding on everyone or even advisable for everyone. Good read, that.
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Re: Do we have a duty to help the poor? How do we quantify that? - by Richard C - 02-03-2012, 02:43 PM



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