WHERE THERE IS love and wisdom,
there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Where there is patience and humility,
there is neither anger nor vexation.
Where there is poverty with joy,
there is neither greed nor avarice.
Where there is peace and meditation,
there is neither anxiety nor doubt.
Where the fear of the Lord stands guard,
there the enemy finds no entry.
Where there is mercy and moderation,
there is neither indulgence nor harshness.
-St. Francis of Assisi
The Riches of Simplicity
From The Riches of Simplicity: Selected Writings of Francis and Clare, edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe. Copyright © 1998 by Upper Room Books. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for your experiences of God’s love through others. Share your thoughts.
See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight–indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
Malachi 3:1, NRSV
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