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I am not sure if he is considered a saint in the Orthodox Church, but I recall hearing of an early Christian by the name of St. Lawerance ( I believe that is his name). He lived during the period when the emperors of Rome blamed even their bad acne on the Christians (okay, maybe not that far, but almost), and threw them to the lions.
At any rate, this emperor (or someone of the Roman govenment) heard of the riches of the Church; the gold chalices, vestments, etc., and decided to confiscate these goods for the empire. Lawernce ran into the church, took all the the precious objects, and sold them, and gave the money to the poor. When the Roman officials came to collect the goods, they were astonished to find nothing. Asking Lawerance where all the goods were, Lawerance led them to the poor, and said, "These are the jewels of the Church."
This to me, though an extreme, also shows a balance. A Church should be built simply, yet dignified at the same time, without over doing or underdoing it, and what is left should help the community. Of course, we shouldn't all run into churches, and steal the goods, but we should open our eyes to the poor.
Consequently, Lawerence was arrested, and was going to be burnt to death. Yet in his good humor, while one of the sides of his body was being burnt, he screamed out to the soldiers, "You can flip me now, I am done on this side!"
I also recall Mother Teresa, truly a lover of the poor, who after winning the Noble Peace Prize, bought a new, and rather expensive, Tabernacle (I am not sure if it is called the same thing in the Orthodox Church), and was deeply critized, because the money could have been giving to the poor. I think Mother had a wonderful concept of the balance.
Anyway, I don't know if this post helps at all, I really just like that story of Lawerance.