from coveting to contentment


Dig out of us, O Lord,
the venomous roots of covetousness;
or else so repress them with your grace,
that we may be contented
with your provision of necessities,
and not labor, as we do,
with all toil, sleight, guile, wrong, and oppression,
to pamper ourselves with vain superfluities.

Edmund Grindal, c.1519-1583, English Protestant Bishop


Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer,
but must work, doing something useful with their own hands,
that they may have something to share with those in need.

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