Take 2

with Jerry & Debbie

Street Corner Beggars

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On Thursday, Jerry and Debbie will welcome your takes on how you address the issue of men and women who stand on street corners, intersections and freeway off ramps asking for money. Most of us are compassionate and want to help them. And many of them are legitimately in need. Still, like many who ask for money on the streets, is rolling down the window and handing them a buck or two the best thing to do? It could be. Or, perhaps you prefer to say a prayer, hand them a prayer card, or even offer them a coupon to get something to eat. Let’s talk about this and see what you believe is the best approach. Join us at Noon ET (with a replay at Midnight ET) on EWTN Radio.

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3 thoughts on “Street Corner Beggars

  1. I felt better when I gave money to a gentleman I believed was in need but I also gave him a holy card of Divine Mercy with the chaplet on the back. On the front it has Jesus, I trust in You.

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  2. Jerry and Debbie, discussions like this never end well. It inevitably comes to down to judging who the “deserving poor” are and who aren’t. St. John Chrysostom spoke of this. We say we become jaded because of those who abuse the system, and it’s only natural that we don’t like being duped.

    But the issue of poverty is complex. There are long-term solutions and short-term solutions and both are necessary. There are issues of mental illness and addiction and yes there are scammers among them. Beggars often become robbers to survive. St. John spoke of that too.

    Handing out resources doesn’t help those who are mentally ill and would rather live on the street. They often just need a place to sleep for the night… or a coat to keep them warm. And if you give cash to a panhandler who goes off and buys a pack of cigarettes instead of a meal, you have not sinned. We can’t save the world, but we can be kind to the person within hugging distance. Most of us can’t do any more than that.

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  3. Jerry and Debbie, discussions like this never end well. It inevitably comes to down to judging who the “deserving poor” are and who aren’t. St. John Chrysostom spoke of this. We say we become jaded because of those who abuse the system, and it’s only natural that we don’t like being duped.

    But the issue of poverty is complex. There are long-term solutions and short-term solutions and both are necessary. There are issues of mental illness and addiction and yes there are scammers among them. Beggars often become robbers to survive. St. John spoke of that too.

    Handing out resources doesn’t help those who are mentally ill and would rather live on the street. They often just need a place to sleep for the night… or a coat to keep them warm. And if you give cash to a panhandler who goes off and buys a pack of cigarettes instead of a meal, remember that you have not sinned. We can’t save the world, but we can be kind to the person within hugging distance. Most of us can’t do any more than that.

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