If you close your ear to the cry of the poor, you will cry out and not be heard. When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous...Whoever pursues justice and kindness will find life and honor.
- Proverbs 21.13,15,21, from today's reading in the Orthodox Church
The price of the Kingdom is the food you give to those who need it.
- Pope St. Leo the Great
You are not making a gift of what is yours to the poor man, but you are giving him back what is his. You have been appropriating things that are meant to be for the common use of everyone. The earth belongs to everyone, not to the rich.
- St. Ambrose
When we attend to the needs of those in want, we give them what is theirs, not ours. More than performing works of mercy, we are paying a debt of justice.
- St. Gregory the Great