Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
It is impossible not to admire the noble enthusiasm of poverty which showed itself in the literal adoption of such rules by the followers of , and, to some extent, by those of Wiclif; but the history of the , and other like fraternities, forms part of that teaching of history which has led men to feel that in the long-run the beggar's life will bring the beggar's vices. Yet here, as in the case of the precepts of the Sermon on the Mount, the spirit is binding still, though the letter has passed away. The mission work of the Church has ever prospered in proportion as that spirit has pervaded it.
(E. H. Plumptre.)
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