Quote of the Day

“Poverty as St. Francis understands it, does not lie solely in not having things, for human beings always have our body, our mind, our clothing, our being in the world. Essential poverty is a way of being by which man and woman let things be; they cease dominating them, bringing them into subordination, and making them the object of human will. We give up being over them, and rather place ourselves at their feet. Such an attitude requires a deep asceticism and a renunciation of the instinct to possess and satisfy desire. Essential poverty consists of the unique journey St. Francis lived physically where the poor are. There he simply tried to be, with the poor, free of everything. Meister Eckhart would call this Abgeschideneit, a word difficult to translate, because it points toward being in utter availability, total abnegation, being completely centered on the other rather than oneself, freedom, from and for.”
-Leonardo Boff
Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor
[Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1997 – page 215]


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