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Chrysostom on Loving The Poor

You say:  ‘But that fellow there is pretending to tremble and not to have any strength.’  So what?  If that poor fellow is putting it on, he is doing it because he is trapped between his own wretchedness and your cruelty.  Yes, you are cruel and guilty of inhumanity.  You would not have opened your heart to his destitution without his play-acting.

If it were not necessity compelling him, why should he behave in such a humiliating way just to get a bit of bread?

-John Chrysostom, On the First Letter to the Corinthians

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