Monday, April 07, 2014

Lent with St. Francis, Monday of 5th Week of Lent

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Mt. 5:3). There are many people who spend all their time at their prayers and other religious exercises and mortify themselves by long fasts and so on. But if anyone says as much as a word that implies a reflection on their self-esteem or takes something from them, they are immediately up in arms and annoyed. These people are not really poor in spirit. A person is really poor in spirit when he hates himself and loves those who strike him in the face (Mt. 5:39) - St. Francis, The Admonitions

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