Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death,
and keep them alive in famine.
Mother Teresa once observed that the United States was one of the most poverty-stricken nations she had ever seen. We are glutted with material wealth, but starving for spiritual wealthy. We are drowning in stuff, but parched for love. St. Francis knew the way out of this, for he had learned the lesson of the rich young man. Unlike that poor soul who went away sad because he had many possessions, Francis went away joyful because he had nothing. God kept him alive”and lively”through years of ascetic material famine and made St. Francis richer than Midas in the Spirit. Today, put your eyes on him who has his eye on you and he will deliver your soul from death too. The Marriage Feast of the Lamb is a bounteous table!
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