St. John Chrysostom: “Wealth is one thing, covetousness another”

St. John Chrysostom (344/354 – 407).  There is a very definite difference between rich and rapacious; between wealth and covetousness. Wealth is not a bad thing. Misuse of it is.

Dover Beach

John Chrysostom

“I am often reproached for continually attacking the rich. Yes, because the rich are continually attacking the poor. But those I attack are not the rich as such, only those who misuse their wealth. I point out constantly that those I accuse are not the rich but the rapacious. Wealth is one thing, covetousness another. Learn to distinguish.”

– St. John Chrysostom, Homily on the Fall of Eutropius

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