Humble Simplicity

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.

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