St. Gregory the Theologian’s Oration “On the Love of the Poor” with commentary (3 of 3)

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The Three Holy Hierarchs (L to R): St. Gregory the Theologian, St. John Chrysostom, St. Basil the Great

“Some among us … develop vain and empty theories … They dare to say, ‘The suffering of these people is God’s work, just as prosperity is God’s work in us. … let them be unfortunate. It is God’s will. These people only talk about loving God when they feel the need to guard their pennies.” …. I, for one, am hesitant to explain this life’s trials as punishment for vice, or all human comfort as a reward for piety, … what seems to be unfair to us has its fairness in the plan of God. …. Some, … who detect great poverty on the part of Providence … although they think that the things beyond our senses are governed by it, they shrink from bringing it down to our level, who need…

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