Wednesday, March 23, 2011
One time it happened the while Brother Bernard of Quintavalle was attending Mass in a church and his whole mind was on God. He became so absorbed and rapt in contemplation that during the Elevation of the Body of Christ he was not at all aware of it and did not kneel down when the others knelt, and he did not draw back his cowl as did the others who were there, but he stayed motionless, without blinking his eyes, gazing straight ahead, from morning until none.
But after none he came back to himself and went through the Place (the Portiuncula) shouting in a voice filled with wonder: "Oh, Brothers! Oh Brothers! Oh, Brothers! There is no man in all this country, no matter how great and noble he is, who, if he were promised a very beautiful palace full of gold, would not willingly carry a sack full of the most filthy manure in order to obtain that very noble treasure!"
Saint Francis of Assisi
Little Flowers of St. Francis - 28