Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Photo Meditation of the Month (January, 2010): ALMSGIVING


Even on a snowy day, a panhandler is seeking alms
on the Bay Street of Toronto

Photo (January 5, 2010) © Jerome D'Costa


In the third world countries as well as in the downtown areas of the developed nations, we come across persons of both sexes seeking people's generosity in the form of alms. Alms is any material gift (money, food or other types of material items) given to a person out of charity.

Some of these people are really physically sick or indigent. Some others, apparently look young and healthy, but are mentally challenged to hold on to any job. Then there are certain others who are cheats -- too lazy to work or move their bodies. All these types of people will always be there in any society.

All religions speak favourably of almsgiving. They speak of neighbourly love for the poor, sick and downtrodden. Millions of people's lives are dependent on the generosity and alms of their neighbours.

Those, who have, are morally bound to come to the aid of the have-nots. Let us not hesitate to participate in almsgivng in cases of the really needy.

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