There is a worldly conceit,

a love of selfish success,

the trappings of façades,

the false appeal of trifles.

“The world’s joys are bewitching.

Its people are appealing.

Its counterfeit joys,

although shallow, catch many.”[1]

So, make acts of thanksgiving

for the graces and blessings

of holy poverty… Be

happy with a humble soul.

Saved from unrestrained pleasure,

from a life of carelessness,

from having to possess stuff,

from incessant transaction.

This is the world’s misery.

So, detach and be happy.

The Spirit is Wordless

amid indulgent pleasure.

Rather, loaded with God’s grace

enjoy the gift of blessings

in the caring, kind, gentle,

sweet things of the greater good.

“Love not the world, nor the things

which are in the world. If any

person loves the world, the love

of Abba is not in him.”[2]

[1] Father Judge Meditations p211

[2] l Jn. 2:15

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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