Do not

Come now, distribute your wealth lavishly, become honorable and glorious in your expenditures for the needy. Let what is said of the righteous be said also of you, “They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” Do not enhance your own wealth by trafficking in the needs of others. Do not wait for a dearth of grain to open your granary: “The people curse those who hold back grain.” Do not wait for a famine in order to acquire gold. Do not make common need a means of private gain. Do not become a dealer in human misery. Do not attempt to turn the chastisement of God into an opportunity for profit. Do not chafe the wounds of those who have already been scourged. (63-64)

Basil the Great | On Social Justice

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