Skip to comments.100-Year-Old Beggar Celebrated as Living Saint in Bulgaria
Posted on 05/24/2014 4:34:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A 100-year-old beggar in a threadbare coat, "Grandpa" Dobri, is already celebrated as a saint in Bulgaria -- a symbol of goodness in a country ravaged by poverty and corruption.
For over 20 years, Dobri Dobrev has been begging on the streets of Sofia, collecting alms worth tens of thousands of euros. And he has given it all to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
This has made him the largest private donor of the golden-domed Alexander Nevski cathedral even as he maintains an ascetic lifestyle.
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I don't see this behavior as virtuous at all. In fact, I see it as a form of deception. He made himself out to need material charity and then he took that charity and gave it to the church.
Perhaps the calling him a beggar is inappropriate — there is certainly nothing deceptive about it. In reality, he is a street level charitable fundraiser — and a highly successful one, given he is raising money in an area where people have very low incomes ($5 to $10 a day was the norm when I was there). The man makes the best contributions he can with his with his fundraising skills through very hard work....He is an inspiration to many in Bulgaria, and me as well.
Let's see, he's been doing this for 20 years - so he would have been 80 when he started - yeah, he could had gotten a job at 80 - in a country with an average wage of 420 euros - a MONTH - and worked through his 80's and 90's = and had pennies to donate.
For all you know, he DID work 'a job' all his life until his 80's -
there's just so much wrong with your cynical post, there's no adequate way to respond.
But I guess if "The Poor Wayfaring Man' should cross your path, it's easy to guess your actions.
Then you shouldn't have instead of acting like a jerk.
And I suppose you know all about me.
I bow before the (self) righteous "Christian" pronouncing judgement upon me
>> I see it as a form of deception
By which actor in the beggar’s transaction?
Well quoted, Nick.
ClaytonP, There is only one self righteous pronouncement of judgement on this post and its author is ClaytonP.
I see your are blind.