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  • Becky, awhile back some friends and I gathered with our children to make bags full of food to keep in our vehicles. We included in the bags holy cards, water bottles, crackers, nuts, and other simple non-perishables to hand out to people who needed it. It was a great teaching tool for my kids and they were very handy when we saw someone in need. Good luck as you minister to others...

    Posted on Jul 19th, 2010 at 9:24 PM by Colleen Duggan

  • Thanks Becky, for another chance to "see Jesus in the eyes of everyone we meet". It's not easy, especially when we are trying to protect our own. Bless you for showing both the human and the humane!

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2010 at 10:12 AM by Mary Breiner

  • I live in a small California coastal town where the homeless are too obvious to all. I have made it my practice to feed them when I can. I think the same thing about drugs and alcohol but I I ask myself what would I want someone to do for my lost child? When at a drive through restaurant I purchase an extra meal and hand it off to a hungry man or woman. I figure it may be the only smile and solid food they get that day.

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2010 at 10:33 AM by Shirley

  • Thank you all for the ideas. This scenario has continued to be a topic of conversation in our household. I appreciate your food for thought to bring into our discussion. Simple ways to show dignity and compassion.

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2010 at 12:57 PM by Becky

  • what you did is great,Christ comes to us in different ways

    Posted on Jul 21st, 2010 at 5:26 AM by clifton

  • Hi Becky, it's great to know that you finally pulled out some money from your wallet. And yes, I do face this situation almost very often, especially when beggers in my country are drawn into being compulsive liars by their 'employers' to get more money for other non-charitable reasons. I once asked my RCIA instructor whether it's Godly to give to beggers money, knowingly that I would be cheated many times. My instructor explained it, "Give it out as if you are giving to Jesus. He needs it. Whatever he does with the money is beyond our concern. Our motive of giving to charity and helping the poor is more important than keeping our tracks on where the money is spent. I think the moment we give it to the poor with all our hearts, that's when God's calling us to feed Him." I can never forget what he told me. Faith tells us to believe what we cannot see. And by helping the poor, we believe he uses it for his needs than being skeptical of what we cannot see. What you did was right.

    Posted on Jul 23rd, 2010 at 10:41 AM by Eleena

  • My daughter and I often take the bus downtown, and are often approached by the homeless and poor. Whenever possible I try to give non-cash items, such as a meal, once a bottle of mineral water (it was all I had, and did not have money that day) to those I judge will not spend it on essentials. Our church is downtown, and we often get approached coming out of Mass. I have a strict policy for this reason NOT to give money or anything near the church, as I would rather donate to a poor box, and not have them hassle the elderly trying to go to Mass as well. Many times though it is hard to tell who will spend it on what, and who just sees it as a job. Confounding the facts are things that you hear about the poor lending the homeless babies so that they can get more money. I would hope this is not a common practice. Either way, there are times I would give and let God judge them, and other times that I give to those that I perceive have a greater needs. I have also carried pocket rosaries, and sacred metals, very occasionally giving those to people who would appreciate them.

    Posted on Aug 17th, 2010 at 3:39 PM by Roxanne