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Monday, September 10, 2007

He is Poor Who Having Much, Craves Still More

“The fact that many of us are called poor is not our disgrace, but our glory. As the mind is relaxed by luxury, so also the mind is strengthened by poverty. Yet, who can really be considered poor if he does not crave the possessions of others? As for us, we would rather despise riches than to strive for them. We would rather possess innocence than wealth. We prefer to ask God for patience rather than riches. We would rather be good than extravagant. True poverty is better defined by he who, having much, craves still more!” (From Mark Felix’s Christian apology titled, Octavius written about 150 years after the birth of Christ.)

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