[quote="Tannhauser, post:1, topic:232321"]
Jesus often spoke of the value and importance of giving; I think specifically of St Matthew 19:16, where Jesus directs the rich young man to seel his possessions and give to the poor if he would be perfect.
Jesus seems to be making a clear point here that charity gives freely, just as we have received freely, beyond comparison.
So my question then: how much should we continue to give before we say "no"?
I was at a cash point to-day withdrawing money, and sat next to it was a man who appeared, and I assumed, was homeless. I wanted to give him something but had very little on me, yet I was withdrawing twenty pounds... I faced a real dilema as to whether I should just give him 10 pounds (about 20 dollas?), which admittedly is quite a lot of money... but then I wondered what Jesus might have said/ thought/ expected of me.
What do we do if we have money, but cannot really afford to give it so freely? How do we respond, faced with those who need more than we do? Do we just continue to give?
The same situation applies with friends... how far do we continue to give before we say: "no."
Catholics are'nt obliged to give money to the homeless, as money is just money. However, if a homeless man was standing in front of a fast-food place asking for a sandwich, I think you should buy him a sandwich.