Who is Greedy?
The harshest form of greed is to not give perishable things to those who need them. “But whom do I treat unjustly,” you say, “by keeping what is my own?”
Tell me, what is your own? What did you bring into this life? From where did you receive it? Did you not fall naked from the womb? Will you not go back naked to the earth?
Who is the greedy person? It’s him, who doesn’t content himself with what he has. Who is a thief? He who steals what belongs to others. And you think that you are not greedy, and that you do not rob others? What had been granted to you so that you might care for others, you claim for yourself.
He who strips a man of his clothes is to be called a thief. Is not he who, when he is able, fails to clothe the naked, worthy of no other title? The bread which you do not use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes that you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the money that you keep locked away is the money of the poor; the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit. -Saint Basil
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