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July 21, 2006

Seminarians Who Love Too Much

Psyclist on September 24, 2006 11:28 PM EST writes:
Earl

When we started a new church in our community, we were initially beset by all manner of panhandlers who would hover outside the church, waiting for our services to end. Upon leaving the building, the congregants were treated to all manner of sad stories from the panhandlers, wanting cash. The first few Sundays, I would give a few bucks, but I noticed they never said "thanks", and usually let me know what I gave wasn't enough, as they moved on to beg from others, seemingly incapable of gratitude. They played the crowd with the same sad stories, sometimes coming back to me as if they had forgotten I had already given. They were invited to attend our church and connect with our community, but never did. They would eventually move on, having depleted our supply of compassion for that day, only to reappear the next weekend. In time, they quit coming around, relieving us of the guilt they were expert at inducing. Where they are, no one knows.
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