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Some will call him a fool. I'll call him my newest hero!!

This man gave up millions and joined a fransiscan order so that he could serve the poor.

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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,135200,00.html

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Now, if only the Pope would do the same!
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When I read that he "gave up millions" in the subject, I was thinking that he donated the millions to the poor, but now I see his kids got an early inheritance, and now this cult of priests has to clothe, feed, and house this old man till he dies. Wouldn't the millions have gone much further in helping the poor?

Can you ever get fired from a "job" like that? I mean, if he doesn't help the poor to the priests satisfaction shouldn't they throw him out? What happens when he gets old and frail, does the church take care of his medical needs? Maybe that's what I should do when I retire since I won't have enough $$ saved up anyway, just go join some order or something. I know I could fake the churchy stuff enough to stay in their good graces unless I talk in my sleep or something.[:D]
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He's old, not crazy!
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When I read that he "gave up millions" in the subject, I was thinking that he donated the millions to the poor, but now I see his kids got an early inheritance, and now this cult of priests has to clothe, feed, and house this old man till he dies. Wouldn't the millions have gone much further in helping the poor?

Can you ever get fired from a "job" like that? I mean, if he doesn't help the poor to the priests satisfaction shouldn't they throw him out? What happens when he gets old and frail, does the church take care of his medical needs? Maybe that's what I should do when I retire since I won't have enough $$ saved up anyway, just go join some order or something. I know I could fake the churchy stuff enough to stay in their good graces unless I talk in my sleep or something.[:D]
I suppose, then, that his decision should affect his children?

I don't think that the Fransiscans will be on the losing end with him as a member considering all the work he'll be doing at their centers. Besides, it's not about a monetary profit. (Sorry, I thought that would be obvious.) You may be surprised to learn that many of these monks actually do a lot of charitable work in the communities. The Church does take care of its ailing members.

And maybe you should think about joining them. You may be pleasantly surprised.

I for one am surpised that people would be so cynical about someone who actually decided to give up the "good" life and give to those less fortunate. He's an example for all of us and now he's played out to be a selfish bastard.

Some people can never see the good side of things. I'm sorry for that.

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Stefano I'm sorry if I made you angry.[:(]

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I suppose, then, that his decision should affect his children?

I don't think that the Fransiscans will be on the losing end with him as a member considering all the work he'll be doing at their centers. Besides, it's not about a monetary profit. (Sorry, I thought that would be obvious.) You may be surprised to learn that many of these monks actually do a lot of charitable work in the communities. The Church does take care of its ailing members.

And maybe you should think about joining them. You may be pleasantly surprised.

I for one am surpised that people would be so cynical about someone who actually decided to give up the "good" life and give to those less fortunate. He's an example for all of us and now he's played out to be a selfish bastard.

Some people can never see the good side of things. I'm sorry for that.
It's kind of an odd story and one which could be taken different ways. It seems to me that he didn't give up the good life as you say -- he just realized he was desperately unhappy after his wife passed, so he opted for another path. The fact that he left his wealth to his kids looks to me like a safety net in case he changes his mind. I'll give the guy points for having an open mind and the courage to try this.

"If spending money you don't have is the height of stupidity, borrowing money to give it away is the height of insanity." -- anon
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If I was at the pearly gates when this gentleman showed up, I'd be asking some tough questions. Why didn't he do it when he was younger? Why didn't he give a portion of his money to the church? Were you too old to do much else with your life anyway? Are you trying to earn some extra moral credit?
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Stefano I'm sorry if I made you angry.[:(]
No, Bill, we're cool. I'm just a bit surprised that people seem to be so jaded.

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