Practical advice: Should I give money to a beggar?

[image by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels; this is essay #339 in the Philosophy as a Way of Life series]

M. wrote: Should I give money to a beggar who asks me every day at the same traffic light on my way to work? I understand that Stoically we are citizens of the cosmos and we must help each other; but when it comes to temperance, as a cardinal virtue, does it mean that I should give him some coins one day, and the next I should not? People I have talked to have told me that they are lazy, that they do