Sayings of the Saints
" Let your life be exempt from avarice; be content with what you have."
       --HEBREWS 13:5

THERE IS nothing more cruel, nothing more infamous, than the usury so common
amongst men.
The usurer traffics on the misfortunes of others; he enriches himself on their poverty,
and then he demands his compound interest, as if they were under a great obligation
to him.
He is heartless to his creditor, but is afraid of appearing so; when he pretends that
he has every inclination to oblige, he crushes him the more and reduces him to the
last extremity. He offers one hand, and with the other pushes him down the precipice.

He offers to assist the shipwrecked, and instead of guiding them safely into port he
steers them among the reefs end rocks. Where your treasure is, there is your heart,
says our Saviour. Perhaps you may have avoided many evils arising from avarice; but
still, if you cherish an attachment to this odious vice, it will be of little use, for you
will still be a slave, free as you fancy yourself to be; and you will fall from the height
of heaven to that spot wherein your gold is hidden, and your thoughts will still
complacently dwell "on money, gains, usury, and dishonest commerce.

What is more miserable than such a state?
There is not a sadder tyranny than that of a man who is a willing subject to this
furious tyrant, destroying all that is good in him, namely, the nobility of the soul.
So long as you have a heart basely attached to gains and riches, whatsoever truths
may be told you, or whatsoever advice may be given to you, to secure your
salvation--all will be useless.
Avarice is an incurable malady, an ever burning fire, a tyranny which extends far and
wide; for he who in this life is the slave of money, is loaded with heavy chains, and
destined to carry far heavier chains in the life to come.


ST. CHRYSOSTOM
De Avaritia