CHARITY WITH OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY
Augustine said: The poor ought to be
helped, not with money we have stolen but with money we have earned.
What kind of a gift is money which one person receives with joy while the
other weeps to love it, for which one laughs, the other cries?
You want to make a present from your own
possessions? The best way is to give back to your neighbour what you
owe him. Some people prefer to lose their own belongings by donating
them rather than to present to others what actually belongs to them anyway.
Jerome said: It is a splendid thing
for bishops to help the poor. It is shameful for any priest to seek to
Basil said: Don't become pleased with yourself when
you help the poor and don't consider yourself better than those you help.
Gregory said: When we are presenting something
to the poor that they need, we are not giving them what would be ours but
that to which they have a right.