It seems to be the season for rummage sales: here at St. Anne’s Guest Home in Grand F, we’re having ours from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 24. The next day, our nursing home in Hankinson (St. Gerard’s) is having their rummage sale and bake sale.
In promoting the St. Anne’s Rummage Sale, the slogan we always use at the bottom of our flyers is “One person’s junk is another person’s treasure.”
This inspired me to ask myself, as a religious sister, what is my treasure? I have made, and strive to live, the vow of poverty in imitation of Christ, who “though He was rich, became poor.”
Ideally, we do not seek after the treasures of this world but hold Him as our true Treasure. I am reminded of the gospel parable of the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:46) and also of the song “All in All,” which prays “You are my strength when I am weak; you are the treasure that I seek; you are my all in all.”
According to our Franciscan Rule, poverty “makes us materially poor, but rich in virtue” and “leads to the land of the living.” Our Dillingen Franciscan Constitutions further explain that “Poor and empty before God, we will be open for His riches and will await all from His grace.”
Some other time, I’d like to reflect more here on the virtue of voluntary poverty in imitation of Christ. Suffice it here to say that, if you are materially poor, or even are just looking for a good buy, you can check out either of these sales if you live in the area. You never know what earthly “treasures” you might find!