A few weeks ago I went to a Mass at the Novitiate of the Missionaries of Charity in Rome. After the Celebration the Mother Superior led me and thepriest who was with me into a small room where breakfast had been prepared bythe sisters on a quaint table. It was nothing special, a few pieces of bread,some jam, butter, hot water and instant coffee, but in its simplicity it wasall beautifully placed on the table. We began to speak with the Mother Superiorabout the formation of the nuns and Father soon asked her, “Mother, what is itthat attracts young women to this sort of life?”
“You would be surprised, Father, to hear that they are not alwaysattracted to working with the poorest of the poor.”
I honestly wasn’t surprised, since I know how hard their mission is, butI continued to listen.
“Most of the young women who come here are attracted by the simplicityof the life we live. We have no possessions and share everything with the community.We use the same sandals year round; we share the same phone for all 80 sistersand do without numerous commodities that the world has convinced us arenecessary. Yet, the most important aspect of our poverty is that we are joyfulin living it.”
It was true. I had never seen wider smiles than the ones I saw on thefaces of those nuns. Indeed, their lack of possessions helped them focus on theonly true treasure in this world.
Now you might think to yourself “but that is just for saints and nuns.”Well, think again!
Last week I spoke with my sister-in-law who was telling me all about howthey were selling their house to move to another. They had to clean every room justin case visitors showed up randomly to tour the house. At one point she said,“You know, it is amazing how little you need in order to be happy! All thosetoys I was holding onto for the kids, well, I finally got rid of them and youknow what? They were just as happy!”
Having less makes life simpler and helps us to value what we reallyneed.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,” Jesus said. Blessed are those who livedetached from material things, who are willing to give up what they have forothers, and who focus their life on Christ and not on material goods.
As advent approaches let us contemplate our God who embraced poverty. Hewho created everything chose to possess nothing.
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