A Cluttered Heart

A cluttered heart is a deaf heart. God can’t pour love into a vessel that is already full. Poverty of spirit is a manger of gentle receptivity which allows the Divine to be born within us. To be wholly present to God, with all of our heart, mind and soul, we must be poor in spirit. Poverty of spirit is far more than material poverty. While material poverty may help to facilitate poverty of spirit, it is nonetheless important to realize that a person without possessions can still be possessed by a craving for things. It is the craving that makes us restless, distracting our hearts and minds from being present to God alone. Poverty of spirit frees us from being divided by false idols and uncurbed passions. Sex, power, fame and money are not enough to still the longing within us. Only God is enough.

 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. Without self-denial and sacrifice, my prayer life will wither on the vine. When your emotions and desires are moderate it is easier to reach a state of harmony within yourself and with others.

 God loves me because I am weak and powerless, not in spite of those qualities. I am poor and needy, and God lifts me up.

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2 Responses to “A Cluttered Heart”


  1. 1 aliceny July 16, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Thank you for this, Mr. Straub.

    I’m so glad that you have touched upon this subject — poverty of spirit. It is a topic that I see infrequently. In fact, I have not seen it in over one year of reading blogs – or any religious publication.

    I am especially glad to see that you have noted that a person without possessions can still be possessed by a craving for things…that distract us…

    I do admit that I am spiritually poor and needy and that, indeed, my Lord does lift me up. Sometimes, He actually carries me (cf Footprints poem).

    May Jesus the Christ continue to bless you and your ministries.

  2. 2 aliceny July 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Addendum.
    I’ve been thinking all day about the meaning of this posting. It occurs to me, Mr. Straub, that being ‘spiritually poor,’ or as you say, poverty of spirit and dying to self, would have to be a prerequisite for being able to identify with those who are both poor and suffering. The self-emptying of material ‘things’ and unimportant personal concerns would lift a weight from us and allow us to be free to truly SEE the poor as they are, not just physically, but as Jesus sees them by His presence with them..


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