I hope I don’t offend anyone, but here I go. I live in an area that has only one place that serves the poor. This place has limitations on who they will help, how they will help, and when they will help. Most of the people living in this area have children who qualify for the free lunch program at school.
Our local priest does not like to help the poor. In a sermon last week I got upset over something he said and missed the point of why he said it. He said that there is the great unchurched out there who come to his door looking for a handout. He said that most of the people are in the situation they are in through their own fault, yet they come to the Catholic Church with their hand out. He said that he thinks that they probably just go from church to church looking for handouts and not doing anything to improve their situation. He said that he invites them to come to the Catholic Church, but they never darken our doors. Or if they do they come once and never come back.
He has mentioned several times before in sermons that people come to the Catholic Church looking for a handout. He says some of them are traveling and probably hit every Catholic Church along their route until they get to their destination. He has also mentioned on several occasions that most people in need are in need because they make bad judgements.
I borrowed $75 from the church one time (I was desperate) and he acted very disgusted. He has brought it up on occasion, when I talk to him.
In my heart, I feel it is very unchristian to have an attitude like this toward the poor. I wondered if anyone might know of a book about working with the poor that isn’t too long. I am looking for something that might help him develop a more Christian attitude. I want to mail it to him. It can’t be too thick, because he may not have time to read it.