This love of poverty should be especially practised by Religious who have made the Vow of Poverty. “Many Religious,” says the great St. Bernard, “wish to be poor; but on the condition of wanting for nothing.”
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Today’s ✠Challoner Meditation
Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Swithun, Bishop & Confessor
I could add a thousand other examples, but I shall relate only one more—the case of a nun in the Convent of Torre di Specchi in Rome. She pretended to be a learned woman, but led a very imperfect life. When the Spiritual Exercises were being conducted in the convent she began them, but very much against her will.
St. John Chrysostom says: “Go to the tomb, and contemplate the dust and worms and –sigh!” O the great secret of death! Things the most desirable on this earth lose all their splendour when viewed from the bed of death.