Books and money bound together ,
echoes both of our minds,
destroyers of a simpler way,
proud glimmers of these times.
Fr. Thomas Dubay, who has written many books himself, says that books should not be written unless they are needed. St. Francis would not even allow his first friars to have books except for the Bible and their breviary. Today, there are authors sprouting everywhere and among them many explaining the Franciscan life as if they were St. Francis himself! Burn the books! Live the Rules that St. Francis gave us, among them the Rule of 1221 for the laity! That is the simple way to holiness!
And as to money? Nothing needs to be said of it either. The Lord said you cannot serve God and money, and to St. Francis it was completely off limits for those who would follow his way. Many modern authors of the Franciscan way write for one main reason…to make money. Books and money bound together…destroy the Franciscan way because invariably almost anything written today promotes a life of relative ease and comfort, not the life of penance that St. Francis outlined for us.
The ancient writings on St. Francis point to the life that he, himself, gave us. There is enough written about St. Francis in those original works on the Saint written by Thomas of Celano, St. Bonaventure, and others to fuel your spiritual life in a powerful way. Use these works to grow in the way of life that St. Francis himself gave us, which is itself also outlined in those original works much more clearly than in anything written these modern days.