Giving Alms

Giving Alms

By Steven Merten

Copyright 2021
All biblical quotes are from the New American Bible.
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Jesus' words are in red. Bible Abbreviations

There was a rich man seeking a personal relationship with Jesus so that he could go to heaven.

NAB MAR 10:17

As he was setting out on a journey a man came running up, knelt down before him and asked, "Good Teacher, what must I do to share in everlasting life?" Jesus answered, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments:
'You shall not kill;
You shall not commit adultery;
You shall not steal;
You shall not bear false witness;
You shall not defraud;
Honor your father and your mother.'"

He replied and said to him, "Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth." Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to [the] poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,

How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!

I figure that a God Commanded tithe from our 2 billion Christians of today, would be about a trillion dollars a year. I think a trillion dollars a year, from today's Christianity, out of love for Jesus through caring for the least of Jesus' brothers, would end world poverty. Jesus teaches us that, choices to love Jesus, through the least of Jesus' brothers, is 'The Kingdom of God', grown on earth in the free-willed hearts of Christians. Christians carry free-willed gifts of love for Jesus into heaven as their eternal treasure of love for God. Where is our King, Jesus Christ's trillion dollars a year, which He Wills His Church to give to the poor, to finance His Eternal 'Kingdom of God' on earth? Billions of poor people around the world, cry out to our Lord Jesus Christ, in frantic myriads of prayers, begging for Jesus rescue them from poverty, suffering and death. Our Lord Jesus Christ has Commanded His 2 billion Christians to care for the poor, with His tithe portion of their income. So, what seems to be the malfunction of our King, Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ's, Eternal 'Kingdom of God', which He established on earth to care for the least of His brothers?

NAB4 LUK 12:31

Instead, seek his kingdom, and these other things will be given you besides. Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.

NAB4 MAT 13:18 The Explanation of the Parable of the Sower.

Hear then the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Christian Love for God, at the heart of Christian charity, lasts for all eternity as a possession of the Saints in heaven, who surround God for all eternity. 'Good Samaritan', secular charity is fleeting, due to the fact that simply paying your secular taxes does not get you into heaven.

I am Pro-Life Catholic. In Jesus' Parable, 'The Rich Man and Lazarus', Jesus burns the Rich Man in hell for murder. It is the Rich man's simple act of having a nice dinner, while poor Lazarus dies, which is Judged by Jesus, as murder. I figure that our present group of 2 billion Christians on earth, are murdering tens of millions of poor Lazarus people, per year, through improper tithing. The 'Peter's Pence' collection, which is sold by the Pope and Bishops as a collection for the poor of the world, is running at about fifty five million dollars a year. Sources say, 90% of the 'Peter's Pence" collection, is diverted away from the poor, to use to keep the lights on at the Vatican, upkeep on St. Peter's Basilica, the Papal Palace, and security forces for the Pope. Catholic Relief Services collects 1 billion dollars a year, yet this is a far cry from a trillion dollars for the poor, Jesus would expect from His 2 billion Followers. 330 million Americans, who are only one sixth the size of Christianity, donate 1 trillion dollars a year to our domestic poor. 330 million Americans donate 48 billion dollars in foreign aid per year. How is it that 'Good Samaritan' secular America, which many Catholic leaders ridicule as the world's bad guy, is doing massively more to help the poor, than Jesus' 'Kingdom of God' on earth, which is lead by Catholic leaders?

Vatican Uses Donations for the Poor
to Plug Its Budget Deficit

By Francis X. Rocca (Dec. 11, 2019)
The Wall Street Journal

Every year, Catholics around the world donate tens of millions of dollars to the pope. Bishops exhort the faithful to support the weak and suffering through the pope's main charitable appeal, called Peter's Pence. What the church doesn't advertise is that most of

that collection, worth more than 50 million ($55 million) annually

, goes toward plugging the hole in the Vatican's own administrative budget, while as little as 10% is spent on charitable works, according to people familiar with the funds.
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(US) Welfare Spending at All-Time High... and Growing

The government's means-tested welfare programs now cost taxpayers roughly

$1 trillion a year.

(This figure does not include either Social Security or Medicare.)

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Catholic Relief Services

Revenue. $979 million

(2017). Employees. 5,211. Website, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the international humanitarian agency of the Catholic...
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United States foreign aid

As of fiscal year 2017, foreign aid provided through the U.S. State Department and USAID totaled

$48 billion

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In Loving Memory of Fr. Xavier

I had a good Catholic friend, Fr. Xavier. Fr. Xavier ran an orphanage in India. He told me that he probably would not live to be sixty years old. I asked him why? He told me that in India, they do not have simple medicines, like colonoscopies, and proper nutrition, which extend life beyond the fifties, as it is in America. No matter how much in donations American Catholics sent to him, Fr. Xavier did not spend any of it on simple medicines to extend his life. Fr. Xavier's feeling was, how could he use donations to the poor, to extend his life, while the children he was responsible for, went hungry. The more donations he received, simply translated into more poor children under his care. My dear friend Fr. Xavier died in his early fifties, simply from lack of simple medicines, which extend lives into their nineties in the Western world. As funny as it may sound, maybe it is time to sell the Vatican, and get rid of the costly tens of millions of dollars a year spent on security forces protecting the Pope. Life for life, far more lives would be saved by sending the Peter's Pence collection to the aid of the poor children, and keep the Pope's poor employee priests alive. Secular world 'social justice' unions would be picketing the Vatican 24/7 over such atrocities against labor in the secular world. Now that Pope Francis has made Vatican City State, an 'open boarders' country, a secular 'social justice' protest, and secular welfare, is open for all people to immigrate too.

Thank you for all Your Love and Service to Our Lord Jesus Christ
In Loving Memory
Rest In Peace
Fr. Xavier

Let us all pray that Our Lord Jesus Christ send us a spiritual leader, over Christ's Church, who will work to establish Christian Justice on earth. God tells us that His Justice, once established on earth, will bring us world peace.

NAB4 ISA 32:15

Until the spirit from on high is poured out on us. Then will the desert become an orchard and the orchard be regarded as a forest. Right will dwell in the desert and justice abide in the orchard. Justice will bring about peace; right will produce calm and security. My people will live in peaceful country, in secure dwellings and quiet resting places.

Secular rulers, Herod and Pilate cherished the thought of talking with Jesus. Yet Jesus never wanted to talk with Caesar, Herod or Pilate. Nor did Jesus leave any instructions with His Apostles on how to straighten Caesar out, once He Ascended into heaven. Many would think that Caesar's human rights violations, with secular crucifixions, secular war and secular occupations and oppression of foreign peoples, would cry out to Jesus, and that Jesus should have condemned Caesar on such abhorrent actions. Yet Jesus never, ever, reprimanded secular world rulers. Jesus focused on producing the eternal treasure of love for God, 'The Pearl of great price', in the hearts of His followers.

NAB4 MAT 13:44

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Why do you think Jesus never reprimanded Caesar? Imagine St. Peter, on the day after Pentecost, going into Caesar's office and demanding Caesar stop all his secular human rights rights violations. What is going to happen? A human rights violation, right? St. Peter would be immediately impaled on wood, leaving Christ's brand new Church on earth without a leader. This is what would have happened! A rapid succession of martyred, secular 'social justice' as their main concern, Popes, would have continue, maybe through sixty or seventy Popes in a short time, until a change in thought in religious leadership occurs. A Pope would shift his goal to just focus on building Jesus' Eternal 'Kingdom of God', through guiding Christ's Flock on earth to care for the poor and practice Christian Justice, out of love for Jesus. How many glorious martyred Popes, traveling to North Korea, would it take to establish secular 'social justice' there? If that is, in fact, what Jesus wills Popes to do? Christ's 'Kingdom of God', which is love for God, produced in human free-willed hearts of Jesus' Church on earth, is a treasure which lasts for all eternity. Secular 'social justice' is fleeting.

Jesus focused on His Christian Justice, to be practiced by His Followers, and said nothing about secular world 'social justice' from Roman Empire taxpayers. Secular tax payers have no promise of Eternal life from Jesus for caring for the poor. If we can accomplish a God Commanded tithe, from our two billion Christians on earth today, we could feed all the poor and lift them all from poverty. Eternally, beyond feeding all the poor in the present world, we Christians would also build for Jesus, an immense, Eternal 'Kingdom of God', of love for Jesus through the least of Jesus' brothers, which will bring tremendous joy to God our Father for all Eternity. We, 2 billion Christians, have to take responsibility for the poor as Jesus Commanded us too. We 2 billion Christians on earth today, have to stop this evil diversion of trying to blame the secular world for our sin of hating Jesus, through hating the least of Jesus brothers, through lack of proper Christian tithing charity.

NAB JOH 15:22

"If I had not come to them and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; now, however, their sin cannot be excused. To hate me is to hate my Father. Had I not performed such works among them as no one has ever done before, they would not be guilty of sin; but as it is, they have seen, and they go on hating me and my Father."

NAB2 JOH 14:23

Jesus answered and said to him, "Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.

NAB MAT 25:31

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?' And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.' Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.' Then they will answer and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?' He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.' And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life." (ISA 58)

NAB LUK 11:41

"But if you give what you have as alms, all will be wiped clean for you"

NAB SIR 3:29

Water quenches a flaming fire, and alms atone for sins. He who does a kindness is remembered afterward; when he fails, he finds a support.

NAB JAM 1:27

Looking after orphans and widows in their distress and keeping oneself unspoted by the world make for pure worship without stain before our God and Father.


"Give alms from your possessions. Do not turn your face away from any of the poor, and God's face will not be turned away from you. Son, give alms in proportion to what you own. If you have great wealth, give alms out of your abundance; if you have but little, distribute even some of that. But do not hesitate to give alms; you will be storing up a goodly treasure for yourself against the day of adversity. Alms-giving frees one from death, and keeps one from going into the dark abode. Alms are a worthy offering n the sight of the Most High for all who give them.

NAB 1PE 4:8

Above all, let your love for one another be constant, for love covers a multitude of sins.

NAB SIR 29:12

Store up almsgiving in your treasure house, and it will save you from every evil, Better than a stout shield and a sturdy spear it will fight for you against the foe.

NAB4 LUK 10:29 The Parable of the Good Samaritan.

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, 'Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.' Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers' victim? He answered, "The one who treated him with mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
For Christians to properly tithe to care for the poor, would be, how 2 billion Christians "grant mercy" to the poor on earth. In Jesus' parable of 'The Good Samaritan', the priests, who do not "grant mercy" to the victim, and passed by the victim instead, should not be thought of as just Catholic Popes, Bishops and Priests, who seek to use, "other 'groups people's' money", to care for the poor, but all of our 2 billion Christians on earth today. We all need to step up to the plate and practice, preach and promote, proper Christian tithing, out of love for Jesus through the least of Jesus' brothers. Yes, Jesus' parable is probably about today's Christian Clergy, who are not promoting Christian tithing, and thus are are not "granting mercy" to poor, as they run past victims of poverty, in order to condemn the 'Good Samaritan' secular taxpayers, on social media. It is all Christians job, to promote, practice and preach, Christian tithing, to care for the poor, in order to build Jesus' eternal 'Kingdom of God', which is love for God and love for fellow man, on earth.

As of 2018, Pope Francis has changed 2000 years of Church teaching on the acceptance of the use of capital punishment for the protection of the world's masses. Pope Francis no longer thinks it is appropriate for the secular world to use capital punishment to protect her people. In Jesus' teachings on His 'Kingdom of God' on earth, Jesus Commands His followers to care for the poor. If two billion Christians were tithing properly, this would be over a trillion dollars a year for Pope Francis and Christ's Church to feed the poor and keep them from suffering and dying. Yet I hear no condemnation upon Catholics for their improper tithing which is murdering tens of millions of poor Lazarus people a year. I only see Pope Francis going out of his way to condemn secular America. It seems to me that, Catholic leaders are simply trying to divert attention away from their obligation to Jesus, to lead Jesus' flock, and teach them to love Jesus through proper Christian tithing, to save tens of millions of poor Lazarus of the world yearly. Jesus, Judges as murderers, rich Christians, who simply having a nice dinner while the poor Lazarus masses of world suffer and die. Let us pray that Pope Francis repent and start focusing on leading the 1.3 billion Catholics to tithe to feed the poor. Let Pope Francis call out to the poor and suffering, that they come to Jesus' 'Kingdom of God' on earth, which is Christ's Church, and we will feed them, through proper Christian tithing. It is a snare of the devil for Christian leaders to blame the secular world for Christianity's hatred for Jesus in lack of proper Christian tithing charity.

NAB LUK 16:19 The Rich Man and Lazarus

"There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man's table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.' Abraham replied, 'My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.' He said, 'Then I beg you, father, send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.' But Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.' He said, 'Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' Then Abraham said, 'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.'"

You cannot love with out the option not to love. In the garden of free-willed hearts grows love or hate for God. When Christians choose the free-willed option to give alms to the poor, out of love for Jesus, then lives are saved, suffering of the poor is relived, and an eternal gift of Love for God is accomplished. The simple act of having a nice dinner, while you do nothing to care for the poor Lazarus's around the world, is free-willed hate for Jesus and hate for God the Father. Jesus has made it very clear in His Gospels, that, whether or not an individual cares for the poor, is a huge issue for Jesus on whether He Judges that individual into heaven or hell. Choose life, through loving Jesus, through loving the least of Jesus' brothers. Please tithe to the poor out of Love for God.

Penance! Penance! Penance!

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