Forming a Christian conscience means exposing it to the hard sayings of Jesus, which call for a self-emptying commitment to the “whole law”: love of God and love of all other human beings. Jesus used as an example of this love a widow who gave her last two coins to support the temple. He didn’t call his disciples’ attention to this woman just so that they would admire her; he was making a point about the wealthy people who also contributed to the temple but whose...
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Rev. Brian McCormick is the founder and chief executive officer of Martin House Foundation, whose programs provide housing, education, job training, youth activities, and transitional housing for the homeless.