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Pope St. Marcellus and a new approach to charitable giving

Canisius | 17 January, 2006 16:50

The life of Pope St. Marcellus (vol. 3, p. 303) records that he persuaded a wealthy Roman woman named Lucina to make the Church of God the heir of her estates. My alma mater makes a similar pitch, trying to rope wealthy folks into willing their fortunes to the college. Perhaps they should call the proceeds from this approach "Marcellus' Money", or "Lucina's Lucre".

Just kidding! I suppose if these folks don't have any descendents, then they ought to do something worthwhile with their estate rather than just let the state get it. If they do have desecendents, it seems to me that their first duty is to their family:

First Titus 5:4 If a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn their religious duty to their own family and make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God.

First Titus 5:8 If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.


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