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Chapter 34. Tenth Commandment: Embrace Poverty of Spirit • 457

and you give light through him.

And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!

Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars;

in the heavens you have made them, precious and beautiful.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,

and clouds and storms, and all the weather,

through which you give your creatures sustenance.

Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water;

she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Fire,

through whom you brighten the night.

He is beautiful and cheerful, and powerful and strong.

Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth,

who feeds us and rules us, and produces various fruits with

colored flowers and herbs.

Be praised, my Lord, through those who forgive

for love of you;

through those who endure sickness and trial.

Happy those who endure in peace, for by you, Most High, they

will be crowned.

Be praised, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death,

from whose embrace no living person can escape.

Woe to those who die in mortal sin!

Happy those she finds doing your most holy will.

The second death can do no harm to them.

Praise and bless my Lord, and give thanks, and serve him with

great humility.

—St. Francis of Assisi

He who is greedy of gain brings ruin on his own house.

—Prv 15:27