The Wisdom of St. Gregory (the great one)

Posted on March 12, 2012 by David Creech

Today is the feast day of St. Gregory.  In his honor, a fabulous quote, rich with insight:

“We must make people clearly understand that the land that yields them income is the common property of all and its fruits are for the common welfare. It is therefore absurd for people to think they are not robbers when they do not pass on what they have received to their neighbors. Absurd! Because almost as many folk lack daily food as there are rations locked up for use at home. Really when we administer any necessities to the poor, we give them their own. We do not bestow our goods upon them, we do not fulfill the works of mercy. We discharge the debt of justice. What was given by a common God is only justly used when those who have received it use it in a common good.”

~ Gregory the Great (Pope Gregory I, 590-604)

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