by Scott D. Hendricks
Never boast, man, about the wealth you acquired without having to work for it. The heavenly Giver anticipates how you may be injured, weakened, or ruined and therefore gives you some help by way of those gifts, which you certainly did not deserve.
~ St. John Climacus
John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, trans. Colm Luibheid and Norman Russell (Mahwah: Paulist Press, 1982), 234.