Outlining Of the Catholic Teachings on Wealth, Poverty and Charity

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The catholic religion's bible has many teachings on wealth, poverty, charity and all the other acts that one can perform to aid their neighbour. In this document I will be outlining these teachings by choosing four biblical passages, summarising them and explaining their meaning. I will also explain a quote from the Catechism and then conclude what I believe to be the Catholic teachings regarding "rags & riches". Part One: THE WIDOW'S OFFERING Mark 12:41-44 Jesus and his disciples were in the temple in Jerusalem and Jesus was watching people put their money into a donation box in the temple treasury. Many rich men dropped in a lot of money; then a poor widow came along and put in a single penny worth of copper coins. He called his disciples together and said to them "This widow put more into the box then all those other rich men. The others put in what they had to spare, while the others put in what they had to spare." This parable teaches a very Christian moral also demonstrated in an Aesop's fable of the proud mothers; quality over quantity. It shows us how God and Jesus value the thought and selflessness in donating all you have to a cause, rather then the spare, unbothered part of yourself, also demonstrated in "The eye of the needle." In the story of the rich man (see below), that real riches are within the human soul, not within the pocket, so any donations you make should be made with 100% care towards the cause, and that you shouldn't donate what you can spare. THE RICH MAN Mark 10:17-29 As Jesus left, a man ran up to him, knelt down and asked, "Good Teacher, what must I do to receive eternal life?" Jesus replied, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments." Jesus said the commandments to the man and he said "Teacher, I have obeyed the commandments since I was young.

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