Alms... Anyone???

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Alms... Anyone???

Beggars in the streets, leaflets and letters asking for help and donations, charitable groups and institutions... Everytime we encounter situation like this, most of us think "Why should I help these people? All of these are mere propagandas and gimmicks. They are old enough to help themselves. I have my own needs and earning a living today is difficult and I'm sure that if I gave something it will not reach the persons who really need help.Maybe those who are rich can help them." But is this the way God wants it to be? Are they really asking only money or something other than that? Are they really strong enough and do not need help from anyone? The answer... NO.

I could not blame others if they do not believe to these people. Nowadays, there are some who use these people for their own benefits, such as syndicates and fake charitable institutions.

There are also some beggars who act violently if you give them a small amount of alms. Some people think thay they could get diseases from these untidy people. Most streetchildren use the alms given to them to buy rugby, cigarettes and to finance their vices yet other beggars use it to at least buy some food for their family. Anti-vagrancy law was also implemented in our country prohibiting people to give alms.

Economic crisis in our country today really worsen the life of everyone. We are having difficulties to support our basic needs and we can't afford to lose a sinhle peso if we will give alms. We are also to busy improving the quality of life we have. But let me go back to my question, " Is this God wants it to be?", definitely, NO. He wants us to care to these...