Orthodox Thought for the Day


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The highest of all arts

The skill which the rich need to use their wealth well is the highest of all arts.  Its workshop is built not on earth but in heaven, because those who are rich must communicate directly with God to acquire and practice this art. Its tools are not made of iron or brass, but of good will, because the rich will only use their wealth well if they want to do so.  Indeed good will is itself the skill.  When a rich person sincerely wants to help the poor, God will quickly show the best way. Thus while a person training to be a carpenter must learn how to control a hammer and saw and chisel, the rich person training to serve the poor must learn how to control the mind and heart and soul.  He must learn always to think good thoughts, expunging all selfish thoughts. He must learn how to feel compassion, expunging all malice and contempt.  He must learn how to desire only to obey the will of God.  That is why I say the skill of being a rich disciple of Christ is the highest of all arts; and the one who possesses it is truly a saint.  St. John Chrysostom

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