A blind love of one’s own property has deceived many. How could they be prepared for, or comfortable with, departing this earth when their wealth fetters them like a chain?

A blind love of one’s own property has deceived many. How could they be prepared for, or comfortable with, departing this earth when their wealth fetters them like a chain?….Therefore, the Lord, the teacher of all good things says, ‘If you will be perfect, go, sell all you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven. And come and follow me’ (Matt 19:21) If rich men did this, they would not perish by their riches…..They think that they own, when actually it is they that are owned. They are not the lords of their money, but rather it’s slaves.’

Cyprian, On the Lapsed, secs. 11, 12 paraphrased

Cyprian had been a rich man but on conversion gave all is goods to the poor

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