Below is the quote from the great theologian Augustine of Hippo that I used in the closing prayer of today’s sermon:
Riches … are gained with toil and kept with fear. They are enjoyed with danger and lost with grief. It is hard to be saved if we have them; and impossible if we love them; and scarcely can we have them but we shall love them inordinately. Teach us, O Lord, this difficult lesson: to manage conscientiously the goods we possess.
— Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 133
Once again, I’ll simply say amen.