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.

Without self-denial and sacrifice,
my prayer life will wither on the vine.

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.

A cluttered heart is a deaf heart.


1 Response to “Receptivity”

  1. 1 Eva December 9, 2014 at 2:44 am

    I’m not sure I understand this. “Poverty” has such a negative connotation. I can understand “emptiness” of spirit or “leaving room” for spirit. Poverty is not usually a choice and to have “poverty of spirit” means there’s no room for Spirit. I think this is trying to say the opposite, but I can’t wrap my brain around it.

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