•and Stephen said, Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God. (Acts 7:56)
•The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice; (Psalm 97:1)
•Let the one who thirsts come forward, and the one who wants it receive the gift of life-giving water. (Revelations 22:17)
•I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. (John 17:24 )
•What is the vision of Stephen as he is martyred?
•What is Jesus vision for all who believe?
•What is your vision?
A Love of Simplicity
We have lost the awareness of what is essential. We are constantly distracted by a consumerist culture that vies for our attention, pulling us in every direction with offers of a better lifestyle, the importance of doing more, and the hope finding happiness through material things. Consumerism could be called a pseudo-religious systemit virtues are competitiveness and acquisitiveness. The result is that our desires take precedence over such values as tenderness, compassion and community. We forget who we really are and believe that living means having.
Consumption uncovers the emptiness within, an emptiness filled only with the infinite love of God.
Following Francis, we choose a simple lifestyle, not because we want to free up some time or even find peace and quiet, but because we desire to put God first.
The more simple our lives become, the more room there will be in our heart to embrace the deepest peace and harmony with all.11
Simsic, Wayne, Living the Wisdom of St. Francis
, Paulist Press, 2001 p. 26,27.