Basil the Great (330-379) was a Church Father who fought against major heresy (Arianism) and was known for his care for the poor. He founded the first hospital in the Western world, known as the Basilead. This community provided healthcare in a time where medicine was a privilege of the Roman elites.
I know many who fast, pray, sigh, and demonstrate every manner of piety, so long as it costs them nothing, yet would not part with a penny to help those in distress.Sermon Against The Rich
When I go into the house of one of these tasteless newly rich individuals and see it bedecked with every imaginable hue, I know that this person possesses nothing more valuable than what is on display; such people decorate inanimate objects but fail to beautify the soul.Sermon Against The Rich
Everyone is a theologian, even those who have stains on their souls.On The Holy Spirit
What then will you answer the Judge? You gorgeously array your walls, but do not clothe your fellow human being; you adorn horses, but turn away from the shameful plight of your brother or sister; you allow grain to rot in your barns, but do not feed those who are starving; you hide gold in the earth, but ignore the oppressed!Sermon Against The Rich
When someone steals another’s clothes, we call them a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not?Sermon Against The Rich