I am not saying you should not give golden altar vessels and so on, but I am insisting that nothing can take the place of almsgiving. The Lord will not refuse to accept the first kind of gift but he prefers the second, and quite naturally, because in the first case only the donor benefits, in the second case the poor gets the benefit. The gift of a chalice may be ostentatious; almsgiving is pure benevolence.
What is the use of loading Christ’s table with gold cups while he himself is starving? Feed the hungry and then if you have any money left over, spend it on the altar table. Will you make a cup of gold and without a cup of water? What use is it to adorn the altar with cloth of gold hangings and deny Christ a coat for his back! What would that profit you? Tell me: if you saw someone starving and refused to give him any food but instead spent your money on adorning the altar with gold, would he thank you? Would he not rather be outraged? Or if you saw someone in rags and stiff with cold and then did not give him clothing but set up golden columns in his honor, would he not say that he was being made a fool of and insulted?
How many “pro-lifers” does it take to change a light bulb?
Six. Two to screw in the bulb and four to testify that it was lit from the moment they began screwing.
At the risk of ruining a joke, let’s actually analyze it. The analogy is that the bulb is the fetus, and being lit, is essentially personhood, screwing I suppose is pregnancy.
This joke actually illuminates, (pun intended) a confusion in the prochoice mentality. Notice that a bulb is a bulb whether or not it is lit. This is important because it tells us that the bulb carries an intrinsic essence even when not performing its function.
Similarly, human beings carry an essential essence of personhood, thus a pro-lifer would say that a person is a person even if it can’t perform societal functions that we normally associate with personhood.
The prochoice person disagrees. They don’t see an essential essence as separate from its function. Therefore, they would argue that since a fetus doesn’t perform societal functions associated with personhood, they are not a person. They would claim that a bulb that is not bringing light is not actually a bulb.
The problem with this view is that it forces personhood to be confined to relative cultural views about what a person should be like. Therefore, one could theoretically be a person in one culture, and not in another, if those cultures have different ideas about what a person’s functions should be by which he earns personhood. Thus, it is impossible in the prochoice mentality to have an objective and scientific view of personhood and where personhood begins.
The pro-life view answers this by separating personhood from its function and instead claims that personhood is intrinsic to the essence of all living human beings regardless of what they ‘do.’ This is the more scientific method because it’s not that difficult to scientifically assess who is human and who is alive.
Therefore, the joke makes the mistake of assuming that the essence of the bulb exists in whether it is lit or not. Truly, a prolifer would not claim that the bulb is lit before it is screwed in, but he would claim it is a bulb.
- In low income households, babies often spend an entire day or longer in a single diaper because the family cannot afford to buy an ample supply of diapers; therefore, many babies spend more than a day in one diaper, which leads to potential health and abuse risks. Infrequent changing leads to diaper rash and, in extreme cases, can lead to infection.
- Federally funded programs such as SNAP Food Stamps and The Woman, Infants and Children (WIC), do not cover the cost of diapers for low income parents.
- A sufficient supply of diapers can cost over $100 per month per child.
Simple prefold cloth diapers are known to be cheaper than disposable diapers, but for these low income families, owning a washing machine isn’t always an option, and not all laundromats permit cloth diapers in their machines. Disposable diapers might be the only option for some people.
Please consider donating diapers to low-income pregnant women and mothers. I’ve personally made it a weekly habit of dropping off a pack of diapers and baby wipes every week on my way to church. Because I’m military, I buy the Exchange brand at the PX which is only $5.00 a pack, but the Up & Up brand at Target is only a little over $6. It’s a small price to pay considering you can help meet the basic hygiene needs of a baby.
That is all. Thank you for reading and considering. God bless!