For the Sake of the Poor

If you have riches, avoid applying your heart to them lest you thus depart in your heart from God. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon (Mt. 6:24). Likewise avoid squandering God’s blessings on whims and luxury; they are given you from God not for your sake alone, but also for the sake of other poor people. Remember that you are the steward, and not the master of these goods.

 – St. Tikhon of Zadonsk


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