Watch yourself when a poor man, needing help, asks it of you. The enemy will endeavour at that time to chill your heart, and fill it with indifference, and even scorn, towards him that is in want. Overcome in yourself these un-Christian and inhuman dispositions; incite your heart to compassionate love towards this man like unto you in all respects, to this member of Christ and your own- “for we are members one of another” (Ephesians iv. 25) – to this temple of the Holy Ghost, in order that Christ the Lord may love and help you too; and, whatever the needy may ask of you, fulfil his request according to your power. “Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away” (Matt. V. 42).
Excerpt taken from the book: My Life in Christ, by St. John of Kronstadt