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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.


  { 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?"



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)


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