Monday, January 07, 2008
The blessed treasure of poverty is so excellent and divine, that we are unworthy to possess it in our vile vessels. By this virtue all earthly and transitory things are trampled under foot, all stumbling blocks are removed among us, and the human mind is most closely united to the eternal Good. This is which causes the soul to converse with the angels in heaven. This it is which unites us to Christ on the cross, which hides us with Christ in the tomb; by it we rise with Christ from the sepulchre, and accompany him to heaven. This it is which, when guarded by true humility and charity, gives to souls who love it, even in this world, the gift of agility, by which they fly to the highest heavens.