If you are healthy and rich, alleviate the need of whoever is sick and poor; if you have not fallen, go to the aid of whoever has fallen and lives in suffering; if you are glad, comfort whoever is sad; if you are fortunate, help whoever is smitten with misfortune. Give God proof of your gratitude, for you are one who can benefit and not one who needs to be benefitted. . . . Be rich not only in possessions but also in piety; not only in gold but in virtue; or rather, in virtue alone. Outdo your neighbor’s reputation by showing yourself to be kinder than all; make yourself God for the unfortunate, imitating God’s mercy. ~Saint Gregory Nanzianzen, 325-389 AD (Orationes 14, 26 De Pauperum Amore)
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