St. Francis of Assisi

Franciscan poverty

Saint St. Francis chose to practice a radical life marked by the vow of total evangelical poverty.

Saint Francis forbade private property to his Order, but he respected it as lawful. For him, poverty demanded only voluntary disciples and possessors of wealth were enemies, but benefactors.

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Francis immediately sensed the importance that had the mystical renunciation of all earthly things and had no doubt, with a courage that leaves, thinking he has embraced without hesitation the renunciation of earthly possessions and became poor among the poor. Francis said: "The holy poverty shames greed, avarice and the cares of this world. Poverty is a virtue which is heavenly trampled everything that is earthly and transitory, is the virtue that the impediments are removed so that the human spirit can unite freely with the eternal God. It makes the soul, still pilgrims on earth; you live with the angels in heaven and the moment of death free from any constraint if they go to Christ.

The concept of poverty for Francis was not only the renunciation of all material things but also the deprivation of any disorderly possess spiritual properties. Francis urged: "Who wants to climb to this height of poverty must renounce not only the wisdom of the world, but yet somehow the prowess of knowledge, in order to enter the power of the Lord, and jump naked into the arms of the crucified Christ. AND who does not renounce never perfectly preserved treasure of its meaning in the secret of his heart.

Francis for the waiver, namely the choice of absolute poverty is essential to dismantle the old man and pave the way to climb up, and still is a means to escape the constraints of time and place, is to simplify life is the prerequisite for use of things without becoming slaves.

You better, or soul, be naked if you want to be perfect in Christ and you will always fight against evil spirits, who tirelessly day and night fighting against creatures who for love of Christ have given up things of the world. Who's the enemy wants to have total victory throw away worldly goods, why not for them and got dropped.
See further, soul, why should you be nude all the things in the world to run under the guidance of Christ, however, if you want to follow without any cargo.
Thou, soul, have no time and the journey you need to do from here to heaven, which is huge, almost endless.
O soul, think of a good understanding of this poverty in Christ because he will be poor if he will stay with you willingly.
Without Jesus you are in poverty because in Him we can find any consolation, joy and peace. So if you, soul, you will have your perfect poverty, you have taken away the means to unite and not let you connect perfectly with the Supreme Master.

Poverty as sisters’ humility, obedience, patience, and loneliness. In themselves to following Christ is clearly leads the field of values, but it must be put into practice according to natural laws of organic development, that is the choice for the achievement of poverty, detachment from earthly goods but also of the inner detachment from oneself with the consequent lifestyle.

Thomas of Celano explicitly known as Francis humbly refused the proposals of ecclesiastical superiors, not because it did not account, but it did prevail on grounds of higher order. In this case, as in all others, the Gospel was only rule and guide.

In the Gospel Jesus stating: "The foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests but the Son of Man has nowhere to recline his head." Jesus tells the rich young man: "If thou wilt be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, so that you will have treasure in heaven, and come, follow me." Those wishing to be his disciples, he puts this condition: "None of you who do not renounce everything you have, may be my disciple. "Even the disciples to preach the world sent him: "You received and freely give. We do not want neither gold nor silver nor money in your purses, nor purse in the street, or two dresses or shoes or stick, the workman is worthy of his hire." And urges all to follow him with the words: "Sell what you possess and give alms, let the bags, which do not grow old, an unfailing treasure in heaven."

Francis was a really poor happy. He had the heart and the attitudes of the poor and the pilgrim detached from things and instilled in them his brothers who wanted as pilgrims and strangers in this world, serving the Lord in poverty and humility.