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augustine_web“It is easy, of course, to understand that we must give alms and a helping hand to the needy, because Christ receives it in them...We can understand that we have to give alms and that we must not really pick and choose to whom we give them, because we are unable to sift through people’s hearts. When you give alms to all different types of people, then you will reach a few who deserve them. You are hospitable, and your keep your house ready for strangers. Let in the unworthy, in case the worthy might be excluded. You cannot be a judge and sifter of hearts.”

St. Augustine of Hippo
Sermon 359A.11-12

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