In listening to the readings at Mass this week, I found the following excerpt to be especially relevant for me:
"He instructed them to take nothing for the journey
but a walking stick—
no food, no sack, no money in their belts.
They were, however, to wear sandals."
My wife and I have been working quite strenuously to try to declutter our lives. We have had garage sales, and have donated a helluva lot of stuff to St. Vincent DePaul and Goodwill during the last year. It has truly been very helpful. Having less stuff feels freeing. Having less clutter helps in so many ways. We both admit that it is hard to give up stuff at times, but we both also admit it has been very good. We still have a ways to go, but after hearing the above at Mass, we both feel more motivated to continue this effort.