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On Poverty

Friday, August 03, 2018

From the teachings of Saint John Chrysostom:

"When you see on earth a man who has encountered the shipwreck of poverty, do not judge him, do not seek an account of his life but free him from his misfortune.

"Need alone is a poor man's worthiness.

"We show mercy on him not because of his virtue but because of his misfortune, in order that we ourselves may receive from the Master His great mercy, in order that we ourselves, unworthy as we are, may enjoy His philanthropy."

This is the natural consequence of the line in the Lord's prayer "and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us". As we judge, so are we judged; as we forgive, so are we forgiven; as we serve, so are we served.
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    Definitely not a republican.
    436 days ago
    I agree with you both!

    The "title" of Chrysostom means golden-tongued. Oh what wonderful sermons he gave! There is one that we hear every Easter, and it's just so filled with joy that you can almost hear his voice when someone reads it!

    It's the one that concludes with this:

    O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.
    437 days ago
    I love this guy and agree with Naypooie.
    437 days ago
    Wise man. Probably not a republican.
    437 days ago
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