"The relationship between material prosperity and spiritual progress is nil, and for those who are convinced that the most salient fact of our existence is the certainty that we must leave it, spirituality, by which I mean the apprehension of another life, offers egress from a prison. Such an understanding reveals that true liberation has nothing to do with physical comfort or the accumulation of wealth (for wealth, as we readily observe, can crush the spirit) but rather a willingness to turn away from the mundane business of daily life, to abandon everything ordinary, seeking instead an extraordinary course that will result in a coherent and meaningful confrontation with one's own end. Death then becomes not a trap set out somewhere in the obscure forest of the future, where we wander hopeless with uncertain steps, but the vanishing point of everyday, which provides us perspective, orders the chaos of experience, and is the proper object and goal of life".
- From Valerie Martin, Salvation: Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis (An excellent book written by a non-believer who has become enamored with St. Francis. A great book for spiritual reading. Highly recommended.)