Monasteries of the Heart

Give me a word Story 29

The Talmud tells of an old man in the village who kept giving money to ne’er-do-wells. The villagers were aghast at such wantonness. “Why give these people money when you know they’ll only waste it?” they wanted to know. And the old man answered, “Shall I be pickier with them than God has been with me?”

Discuss: Can you tell a modern version of this story? Have you ever been part of a conversation like this? Explain. Have you ever practiced or been the recipient of “wantonness,” of undeserving love? Is there such a thing as undeserving love?

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