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Chrysostom: “Wealth is one thing, covetousness another”

26 June 2014

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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  1. 27 June 2014 3:06 am

    Reblogged this on First Thoughts and commented:
    There is a very definite difference between rich and rapacious; between wealth and covetousness. Wealth is not a bad thing. Misuse of it is.

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