Goods for the poor

September 17 is the feast of St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J., bishop and doctor of the church. In The Art of Dying Well,  he approaches the question of our responsibilities to the poor – as have so many of the saints.

“If anyone would contend that these superfluous goods are not to be given to the poor out of the rigor of the law, one cannot truly deny that they are to be given to them out of charity, for it matters little, God knows, whether one goes to hell for lack of justice or for lack of charity.”

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