Poverty of Spirit

We seek to make connections. God calls us into communion. The spiritual life has more to do with subtraction than addition. The presence of God is found in the absence of things not of God. Detachment makes one powerful. God can’t pour love into a vessel that is already full. Joy is never found in possessing. Sex, power, fame, and money are not enough to still the longing within us. Only God is enough.

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.

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.

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.

A cluttered heart is a deaf heart. When your emotions and desires are moderate it is easier to reach a state of harmony within yourself and with others.


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