"Francis loved poverty because it helped him spiritually," Thomas said..."There is a law in physics that applies to the soul. No two objects can occupy the same space at the same time; one thing must displace the other. If your heart's crammed tight with material things and a thirst for wealth, there's no space left for God. Francis wanted a void in his life that could only be filled with Jesus. Poverty wasn't a burden for him--it was a pathway to spiritual freedom."
From "Chasing Francis"
by Ian Morgan Cron