Poverty of Spirit

Poverty of spirit does not refer to an economic condition. It reflects the human reality that we are poor before God and, consequently, we need to radically depend on God alone for true fulfillment. We must be on guard not to confuse the necessities of life with what is luxurious. The humble simplicity that embodies poverty of spirit stands in stark contrast with the unbridled pursuit of comfort, power, pleasure and riches which permeates a society that prizes possessions as a good in itself. Poverty of spirit is a means of maintaining a continual attitude of dying to self without succumbing to self-hatred or causing a lack of self-esteem. We need to die to self because it is the only way to be fully alive to God.

Christ-like transformation is not concerned with acquiring more but in letting go of more, and becoming more present to those with less. The best way you can show your love of God is to be merciful to others. Every act of mercy and kindness brings us closer to the reality of God. Growing closer to God is our real job in life. We need to open our eyes and see the many blessings God has given us and then we must share them freely with others. Do not be afraid of enjoying the full freedom of giving your life away. In Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton reminds us: “We do not detach ourselves from things in order to attach ourselves to God, but rather we become detached from ourselves in order to see and use all things in and for God.”

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1 Response to “Poverty of Spirit”


  1. 1 Tendayi Gwaradzimba November 16, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Your wisdom is tangible.Thank you


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