sharing with the poor – how much?

If you read the writings of the early fathers of the church you will find a consistent concern for the poor. St. Augustine, bishop of Hippo in north Africa and doctor of the church, whose feast is celebrated today, is no exception.

“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder which you do not require is needed by others. The superfluities of the rich are the necessities of the poor. Those who retain what is superfluous possess the goods of others.”

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