“If you want God
to hear your prayers, hear the voice of the poor. If you wish God to
anticipate your wants, provide those of the needy without waiting for
them to ask you. Especially anticipate the needs of those who are
ashamed to beg.
To make them ask for alms is to make them buy it.“ 

~St. Thomas of Villanova

(Photo © dramoor 2007 Rome, Italy)

I have passed over so many asking for help. Begging for alms. I had every excuse. I am too busy. I don’t have any change. You don’t look like you need it. You will probably use it for drink. You should get a job. You don’t look like your body is broken.

Every excuse was to relieve myself of what I knew I should do. What I would want someone to do for me if I was in the same place. When I will be in the same place.

If everyone in need is Christ to me. Who am I to judge what is done with the money? Who am I judge ones fitness for a job? Who am I to judge at all?

Judge myself. At least they are humble enough to ask for alms.

I am not even humble enough to look at them.

I am the greatest of sinners.

Lord have mercy.

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