I understand that Christians have a duty to the poor. However, I was recently readin gone of Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s posts on the subject (Witness in Words and Works…Or Else!), and it’s thrown me for a little bit of a loop. I try to help the poor when I can, but I am not financially independent, and thus have very limited funds. However, what really worries me is my own attitude towards the matter. When I hear about serving the poor, I find myself thinking of all the discomfort I’ll bring on myself. I’m ashamed to say it, but I struggle with going to the effort of looking up the charities in my area, and letting go of my money. Then again, I find it much easier when there’s a poor person standing in front of me, as opposed to being told in the abstract that I must do more charitable work. I guess what I’m worried about is whether I’m too comfortable with the way things are to get up and follow Christ, and whether that makes me (as Fr. Longenecker says) a fake, plastic Catholic.
Does anybody have any advice for me?