instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Good working order

In his rebuttal to the objection that, since it's lawful to own things, it's lawful not to give alms, St. Thomas quotes an interesting perspective from St. Basil the Great:
Why are you rich while another is poor, unless it be that you may have the merit of a good stewardship, and he the reward of patience?
See, if everybody sold all he had and gave the money to the poor, then no one would be left to be a good steward, and creation would fail to express the good stewardship aspect of God.