Epistle of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Ecclesiasticus 31:8-11

Blessed is the man that is found without blemish, and that hath not gone after gold, nor put his trust in money nor in treasures. Who is he, and we will praise him? for he hath done wonderful things in his life. Who hath been tried thereby, and made perfect, he shall have glory everlasting: he that could have transgressed, and hath not transgressed: and could do evil things, and hath not done them: therefore are his goods established in the Lord, and all the Church of the Saints shall declare his alms.


Verse 8. Nor, &c. Gr. (9.) who, &c. “Pride is the worm of riches.” S. Aug. — “In delights, chastity is endangered; and humility in the midst of riches.” S. Bern. conv. Cler. xxx. — Not to transgress, on such occasions, is the greatest miracle. C. — Man has free will, and those are happy, who, by God’s grace, do not abuse it. W.

Verse 11. In, &c. Gr. Alex. “and wisdom (Grabe substitutes the Church) shall proclaim his alms.” H. — God will bless his riches. C.

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