In my research for a recent sermon that required addressing the issue of materialism, I ran across a rich quote from Pope Pius IV. Pius was Pope in the mid 1500's during the latter part of the so-called "counter reformation" that saw the culmination of the Council of Trent. He was no friend of the protestant reformation, but did make a very telling statement about John Calvin immediately after the great reformer died-
“The strength of that heretic [Calvin] consisted in this, that money never had the slightest charm for him. If I had such servants my dominion would extend from sea to sea.”
I wish this could be said of me (not the heretic part...).