"Behold a most important subject for examination. See whether you are perfectly free with regard to all things. Or rather, look upon Our Lord in His Sacrament, and compare your poverty with His. What does He possess? Of what does He make use exteriorly? Neither glory nor majesty nor any of the attributes of His [...]
"My child, our possessions are not ours; God has given them to us to cultivate, that we may make them fruitful and profitable in His Service, and so doing we shall please Him." Source: St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life, Random House, Inc., 2002.
“'Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God;' and if so, woe be to the rich in spirit, for theirs must be the bitterness of Hell. By rich in spirit I mean him whose riches engross his mind, or whose mind is buried in his riches. He is poor in spirit [...]