"When someone steals another's clothes, we call them a thief.
Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not?
The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor." - St. Basil the Great
How many of us have a shirt in our closet we never wear, but are keeping "just in case"?
A 10 year old jacket we hold on to for sentimental reasons?
A pair of pants we wear twice a year?
Before reading that quote, I categorized the act of hanging onto those things as - at the worst - hoarding. That the only victim was the hoarder, right? The poor sentimental sap's only punishment was an overcrowded closet, yes?
But St. Basil gave me a whole new perspective.
Those things don't belong to us. They belong to the poor that need them. By keeping those items we are depriving the needy.
Instead of wearing that shirt once a year, someone else might wear it 52 times. Those shoes we wear only when we find ourselves at a mud-filled sporting event might become someone's daily pair. That jacket we hang onto "just because" might keep someone warm all winter.
Our "just in cases" and "extras" are their necessities.
(Michael disappears off screen, headed to his closet with bag in hand ....)