Do not wait to experience for yourself how wretched it is to be inhuman, and how good it is to open your heart toward those in need. Do not wish to become an example of how God shows the strength of his arm against the proud, against those who pass by without taking care of the poor. Learn this from the calamities of others; give even just a little to those who are in need; it is not so little for those who need everything, and neither is it little to God, if it is in accordance with your means. Instead of a large sum of money, give your whole heart.
Gregory of Nazianzus
On the Love for the Poor, 26-29
Lent and Easter with the Early Church Fathers