Monday, November 08, 2004

It is when I possess least

"that I have the fewest worries
and the Lord knows that, as far as I can tell,
I am more afflicted
when there is excess of anything
than when there is lack of it;

"I am not sure if that is the Lord’s doing,
but I have noticed that He provides for us immediately.

"To act otherwise would be to deceive the world
by pretending to be poor
when we are not poor in spirit
but only outwardly."

from The Way of Perfection, Chapter 2
by St. Teresa of Avila