Fr Ray posts about a drunk tramp in England who doesn’t ask for money, but a blessing in Latin.
It reminds me of one of Alice Thomas Ellis’ rants. She was in Westminster Cathedral and a prissy young priest told the congregation not to give money to the tramps who gather outside the door after Mass begging. His argument was that “the cathedral runs a shelter for the homeless. Encourage them to go there. If you give them money they will only spend it on drink.”
This made Alice huffy. She didn’t like to be told what to do with her money, and she didn’t like the priests self righteous tone. Besides, if she were homeless and depressed there’s nothing she’d like better than a stiff drink.