Religion: For Charity

His old parishioners in Tuscany remembered Don Attilio Bellachioma as a compassionate man who spent most of his time, and all his money, distributing charity to the poor. Even after he retired, half-blind after 37 years of parish work, to a home for aged priests in Perugia, he scraped together regular contributions for his favorite orphanages.

Don Attilio had only one vice—he loved to gamble. Each week, almost as regularly as his charitable contributions, he would spend a few lire on a lottery ticket. "I never hope to win," he once admitted, "because I don't believe that our Lord could use the...

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