I will not speak the name of the virus that is causing so much trouble around the world this month of March, 2020. Speaking it’s name gives it power. That’s the power of names, and the name Francis of Assisi has a lot of power for me. Before I make this a religious squabble, realize that I am speaking metaphorically. But I do believe hoarding is a temptation that is unnecessary. Say that even if all grocery stores shut down at once in your city, your hoard, however great it is, isn’t going to last forever! For me, Saint Francis is the patron saint of moderation and he is the perfect saint to pray to if you have temptations to hoard. If you don’t have temptations, then the best you can do is share this message with people you know who do. And for all of us I say this because CNN has articles about people hoarding toilet paper.
I bore witness to the hoarding that’s going on around the world when I went to my local grocery store yesterday. We were limited to only being aloud to buy one bag of toilet paper. All the chicken and pasta was out of stock, so was all the bread! I bet people are stuffing the bread in their freezers, planning to eat it all at once if electricity goes out. It was kind of comedic for me because I was only buying what I needed for the day, knowing the Lord would watch over me if I was in want of food.
But that’s just the crust of my message. My real message is that praying to Saint Francis, I testify, works as a cure for temptations to hoard. I know this because it happened to me. Let me explain my story.
You may not know this but I’ve been in Calgary for a week helping out a friend who owns a business here. While I’m here, I take on a few jobs that my friend’s technician is too busy to do because I might as well if I have the time. So yesterday I was at a client’s house fixing a fridge. I was talking to the client while working. We were talking about how I was going to help my friend’s Calgary appliance repair business by connecting him with an accountant I knew well in the city. It turned out the accountant didn’t have the time for a new client so together we work every night getting files sorted ourselves. “Soon he won’t need my help anymore and I’ll go home,” is what I said to the client. Then, of course, we started talking about that virus whose name I will not mention.
The conversation didn’t go on for much longer before I realized she was hoarding and I began to talk about Saint Francis. She listened to me well, but kindly said she was an atheist with no offence given. But with that said she did like my message behind why hoarding isn’t necessary during this time of crisis. She realized that her hoard was for ever cursed of being limited, and that instead of worrying and hoarding she should be enjoying her life and being grateful for the beauty of nature, as Saint Francis was.
The client may not have prayed, but my message was a cure for her nonetheless. She agreed to stop hoarding, knowing that her children had already been greatly worried by her behavior. For me, I did pray and my temptations were cured too. I’m grateful to have the wisdom I need to stay calm during a crisis, and for me Saint Francis has a lot to do with that. If you don’t know why I think Saint Francis is the patron saint of moderation then read the post I wrote last Wednesday. Therein, I explain why briefly, but I’ll explain further in the future.
From the words above I hope the message is clear of why hoarding isn’t necessary during this pandemic. If you are suffering from temptations to hoard, please pray to Saint Francis. For many it might seem silly and I’m smart enough to understand why others might even laugh while they do it, but there’s a kind mercy out there in the universe and I bet that by the act of doing this you will also acknowledge the fact that you have a problem, and that’s the first step to stopping. See through the illusion. All that you need will be supplied to you. There’s no need to worry. If you have faith your foot will not catch and slip. Know that you live in a world of abundant nature, and hoarding is unnecessary!