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If I win the Powerball jackpot will Catholic Church accept a donation?

There is no prohibition of it in Canon Law. St. Thomas Aquinas, in Summa Theologica II-II q. 32 a. 7 ("Whether one may give alms out of ill-gotten goods?"), mentions three ways in which money may be "...
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If I win the Powerball jackpot will Catholic Church accept a donation?

The Catechism says this about Gambling. 2413 Games of chance (card games, etc.) or wagers are not in themselves contrary to justice. They become morally unacceptable when they deprive someone of ...
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Can the unbaptized have charity?

No, not without grace. The unbaptized are deprived of sanctifying grace. St. Thomas Aquinas, discussing "Whether by his own natural powers and without grace man can love God above all things?&...
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Catholicism: How to treat beggars?

Here's an example from St. Robert Bellarmine's life (ch. 30 of 35 Doctors of the Church): Not only did he give freely to those who asked, but he remembered those who were too embarrassed to ask, ...
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Saints: Are they always comfortable in society? (Catholic Church perspective)

Saint Bernadette Soubirous was a very shy person as we can see here: The next request of the Lady to Bernadette was to have a chapel built on the site of her visits. For Bernadette, a shy, 14-year-...
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Which does St. Thomas Aquinas teach is greater, to know God or to love Him?

It's a bit difficult to answer a question that the OP has gone on to answer himself! I would not argue with you that Thomas Aquinas appears to think that knowing God is 'greater' than loving him, ...
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Which does St. Thomas Aquinas teach is greater, to know God or to love Him?

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we ...
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Which does St. Thomas Aquinas teach is greater, to know God or to love Him?

Antonio Royo Marín, O.P., addresses this in Teología de la caridad, pp. 139-9: as St. Thomas explains,[II-II 27,4; cf. 26,1 ad 2; I 16,1; 82,3.] by the virtue of charity we can love God in an ...
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Catholicism: How to treat beggars?

You give what you have: money prayer a hat or mittens on a cold day a cup of tea a coupon or chitty for a meal at a local fast food place a coat look him in the eyes and smile greet him warmly ...
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Can the unbaptized have charity?

St. Alphonsus, following St. Augustine, defines charity as the virtue that unites us to God (Caritas est virtus coniungens nos Deo.).* cited in St. Alphonsus, True Spouse of Jesus Christ, ch. 21, § 1:«...
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How do you interpret the verses where Jesus talks about giving your riches to poor people?

Context is important here, as is the internal attitude of the characters that Jesus describes. Repentance is a key theme in the case of Zacchaeus, and it is missing from the other two stories. Also ...
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How do you interpret the verses where Jesus talks about giving your riches to poor people?

The problem with the rich man in Matthew 19 is he thought salvation can be earned by doing good works as many suppose. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing;...
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How do you interpret the verses where Jesus talks about giving your riches to poor people?

It's all about not taking any commandment to the extreme. The fact that different requirements were presented to different people tells us that it might be a personal advice, that works for a specific ...
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What did Clement mean when he said: "Fasting is better than prayer, and charity than both"?

I believe this is the full quote: So, then, brethren, having received no small occasion to repent, while we have opportunity, let us turn to God who called us, while yet we have One to receive us. ...
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What is the basis for saying that the Catholic Church is the largest charitable organization in the world?

Three factors enter in to answering this question. Number 1 ). is the Catholic Church a charitable organization? A charitable organization is a type of non-profit organization (NPO). It differs ...
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