He who is indigent and poor and a beggar in the world cannot acquire anything. His destitution restrains him. But he who possesses the treasure easily acquires whatever possessions he wishes without much effort. The soul that is naked and stripped of the fellowship of the spirit and lives under the terrible poverty of sin is unable, even it it wished to do so, to produce the fruit of the spirit of righteousness in truth, unless it becomes a companion of the spirit.
Macarius, Homily 18.2 (fourth century Syrian father)