Bringing you the "Good News" of Jesus Christ and His Church While PROMOTING CATHOLIC Apologetic Support groups loyal to the Holy Father and Church's magisterium
Home About
AskACatholic.com
What's New? Resources The Church Family Life Mass and
Adoration
Ask A Catholic
Knowledge base
AskACatholic Disclaimer
Search the
AskACatholic Database
Donate and
Support our work
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
New Questions
Cool Catholic Videos
About Saints
Disciplines & Practices for distinct Church seasons
Purgatory and Indulgences
About the Holy Mass
About Mary
Searching and Confused
Contemplating becoming a Catholic or Coming home
Homosexual and Gender Issues
Life and Family
No Salvation Outside the Church
Sacred Scripture
non-Catholic Cults
Justification and Salvation
The Pope and Papacy
The Sacraments
Relationships and Marriage situations
Specific people, organizations and events
Doctrine and Teachings
Specific Practices
back
Church Internals
Church History

Andre Albert Amil wrote:

Hi, guys —

My friends often borrow money from me. Unfortunately, they always forget to pay.

  • From the point of view of Catholicism, is it proper for me to ask for the money?

It is not that they do not have money to pay, it is just that they forgot.

Andre

  { From a Catholic view, is it proper for me to ask for the money my friends always borrow from me? }

Eric replied:

Dear Andre —

Of course, provided you do so with gentleness and charity. Perhaps,

"I know you have a lot on your mind, but about that $#.##s you borrowed from me the other day, would you happen to have it with you?"

Eric

Mike:

Hi Andre,

If your friend(s) replies to Eric's question by postponing, like: I will pay you later, I don't have the money with me right now, or some other flimsy excuse, you want to reconsider who you lend money to in the future.

If they ask to borrow money again and you refuse to give it to them and they complain, just tell them:

  • If you never paid me back the first time I lent you money, what reason should I have to believe that you will pay me back a second, third, or fourth time?

This is not a matter of Christian charity on your part; this is a matter of Christian financial responsibility on their part. Tell them this.

They may be taking advantage of your kindness on a perpetual basis.

We are to be good stewards of our goods and invest our time, treasure, and talents properly. Surely in the parable of the talents, Jesus was not suggesting that one should invest the 10 talents (gained by the one who was given 10 talents) to the one who was only given one talent with nothing to show for it. (Matthew 25:14-30)

Mike

Please report any and all typos or grammatical errors.
Suggestions for this web page and the web site can be sent to Mike Humphrey
© 2012 Panoramic Sites
The Early Church Fathers Church Fathers on the Primacy of Peter. The Early Church Fathers on the Catholic Church and the term Catholic. The Early Church Fathers on the importance of the Roman Catholic Church centered in Rome.