Liberty

Detached, we have liberty…

unfettered of worldly accouterments,

and empowered by heavenly Will –

this is real life, freedom, and happiness.

“the virtue of evangelical poverty.

does not make us parsimonious, stoical,

or cynical, we do not despise those who

have means. It does not make us communists.”[1]

Possession puts us out of touch,

property keeps us out of touch,

coveting makes us out of touch –

this is ruining the world.

We are no more than dust in the Wind…

Charity pleases the Sanctifier,

soothes the Creator,

and enriches the Savior.

“Come, to me for you are blessed,

I was hungry, and you gave me to eat,

I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink,

I was a stranger, and you took me in.”[2]

Poverty puts us in touch,

poorness keeps us in touch,

asking for alms makes us touch –

this is saving the world.

Give, ask, and receive with liberty…

aware without judgment,

and attentive without cost –

this is real life, freedom, and happiness.


[1] Father Judge Meditations p. 299: line 7-8

[2] Matt: 25: 34-35

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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