O Holy Poverty to which is promised the
kingdom of heaven;
O Holy Poverty which is accompanied by many
precious heavenly gifts and a happy, restful life.
O Holy Poverty to which our Creator has set
such great value: "The Son of Man has not whereon to lay His
Christ embraced poverty that man may become
rich in heavenly things.
Thou cannot serve two masters without
displeasing one or the other.
When thou goest into combat, thou cannot be
hampered by many garments. So, dispose of these worldly adornments which the
enemy uses as snares to capture us.
O sisters, how difficult is it to live in
splendour in this world and then reign with Christ in heaven.
It is easier for a camel to enter the eye
of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven.
So, throw away all superfluous garments,
the goods of this world, to be freer in combat and enter the narrow way.
O fortunate exchange, to leave earthly
goods for heavenly good, to merit immortal honour for useless honours, to
gain a hundredfold while giving up one.