St. Thomas: ‘Anticipate the Needs of the Poor’

ST. THOMAS OF VILLANUEVA DIVIDING HIS CLOTHES AMONG BEGGAR BOYS (1667) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo at the Cincinnati Museum of Art
St.Thomas Villanueva (Cincinnati Museum of Art)

“If you want God to hear your prayers, hear the voice of the poor. If you wish God to anticipate your wants, provide those of the needy without waiting for them to ask you. Especially anticipate the needs of those who are ashamed to beg. To make them ask for alms is to make them buy it.”–St. Thomas de Villanueva