The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Enemies of Books by William Blades:|
The Minorites replied `From a monastery of St. Francis.' `Oh!' said
the porter, `then St. Francis shall be your judge.' So that saint
was summoned, and at sight of the friars and their burden demanded
who they were, and why they had brought so many books with them.
`We are Minorites,' they humbly replied, `and we have brought
these few books with us as a solatium in the new Jerusalem.'
`And you, when on earth, practised the good they teach?'
sternly demanded the saint, who read their characters at a glance.
Their faltering reply was sufficient, and the blessed
saint at once passed judgment as follows:--`Insomuch as,
seduced by a foolish vanity, and against your vows of poverty,