Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Is Absolute Poverty Perfect Goodness?

Syncletica of Blessed Memory was asked, "Is absolute poverty perfect goodness?"

She replied, "It is great good for those who can do it. Even those who cannot bear it find rest to their souls though they suffer bodily anxiety. As strong clothes are laundered pure white by being turned and trodden under foot in water, a strong soul is strengthened by freely accepting poverty."

~~Woman doing her laundry in river by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1798 - 1861

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