"I know that you will use the money for the good of others. Please take it."
The saint realized that this was an opportunity to teach this man a lesson.
"Just a moment." The saint replied. "I am not sure it is right for me to take your money. Are you a wealthy man? Do you have more money at home?”
"Oh yes. I have at least one thousand more gold pieces at home," the merchant said proudly.
Feigning interest, the saint asked "Do you want a thousand gold pieces more?”
"Why not, of course! Every day I work hard to earn more money." the merchant said.
"And do you wish for yet another thousand gold pieces more after that?" the saint continued.
"Yes. Everyday I pray that I may earn more and more money" the merchant replied.