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.
“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
#1 by firstname.lastname@example.org on June 27, 2014 - 9:52 AM