Rich and poor

“Even though you are rich, if you spend more than you need to, you shall have to render an account of the money entrusted to you. . . . You have received more than others not that you may use it for yourself alone, but that you may be a good steward for those others.”

The author of this quote, St. John Chrysostom, patriarch of Constantinople, died in 407 in exile because of his outspoken criticisms of the emperor and other political and economic powers. He was an outspoken advocate of the poor and critic of the rich. Today the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of this Doctor of the Church.

 

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