THE LORD TOLD THIS PARABLE, “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods stored up for many years. Relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”
Saint Augustine explains that the bellies of the poor are safer storehouses of our wealth than any of our barns or savings accounts:
"The redemption of a man's soul is his riches" (Proverbs 13:8).
And Saint Leo the Great, pope of Rome, adds:
This should be the careful consideration of wise people, that since the days of this life are short and the time uncertain, death should never be unexpected for those who are to die. Those who know that they are mortal should not come to an unprepared end.
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