"Blessed are the poor in spirit"
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who
have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money
and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour
on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and your soul will delight in the richest of fare." In Isaiah
"To be poor in spirit is to recognize that all we have is Gods gift: our very existence, our families, our health, our talents, our situations in life. And Christ goes even further - even our successes. For he tells us that when we have done everything commanded of us we are still to remember that we are unprofitable servants (Lk 17:10). For only by Gods grace can we do anything to deserve everlasting life. We even pray under the impulse of the Holy Spirit (Rm 8:26-27; Mt 10:20)." -- from Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs (Mt 5:3) - Holy Cross Family Ministry
"In our more honest moments, we recognize our profound neediness, our intellectual limitations, our spiritual inadequacy, our moral failures. In our helplessness, we turn to God. Our response of gratitude and trust, itself a grace, means that the kingdom of heaven is ours." -- God in our Midst - The Beatitudes' Promises - By Bishop Robert F. Morneau
"The religious attitude of poverty is closely related to what is called "spiritual childhood." A Christian sees himself as a little child in the presence of God, a child who owns nothing: everything he has comes from God and belongs to God" -- from Bible Study - Cycle A - 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time
"Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Keep us from being preoccupied with money and worldly goods, and with trying to increase them at the expense of justice." -- from Dialogued Prayer on the Beatitudes
"Jesus says, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." To find happiness, we detach ourselves from desires for things of this earth that do not last, and we place our trust in God, making use of the things of this earth, but only for his glory. And if we truly live this Beatitude, then we voluntarily make ourselves poor by making sacrifices of our time, our skills, and our wealth on behalf of others." -- from Homily from Fr. Paul D. Williams Jr. - Ordinary Time 4 A
"For us, this means two things. First, God does not need us to do anything special in order to work with us. We can be poor in spirit, we dont need to run after wealth or power. Its OK to be in the background and live the simple life. Its OK to struggle to get along, to be dependent on God." -- from Homily from Fr. Shelby - Ordinary Time 4 A
I humble enough to acknowledge my total dependence on God? Am I
able to admit
"Spiritual poverty recognizes that all we have and all we are is a total gift from God. We are totally dependent on God, a good and loving God, who is in charge of the universe and of our lives. We should not horde what we have been given as gifts. Rather, we should use our talents, intelligence, possessions, and the like to help others." -- from The Beatitudes - by Father Kleppner
"The word poor seems to represent an Aramaic `ányâ (Hebr. `anî), bent down, afflicted, miserable, poor; while meek is rather a synonym from the same root, `ánwan (Hebr. `ánaw), bending oneself down, humble, meek, gentle. Some scholars would attach to the former word also the sense of humility; others think of "beggars before God" humbly acknowledging their need of Divine help." -- from The Eight Beatitudes - Catholic Encyclopedia
"To be 'poor in spirit' is to come to grips with a crucial, yet disturbing fact. It is the very painful recognition of my spiritual condition before God. I might have been made for a garden but Im living in a desert! Of my own making!" -- from Jesus, Religion, and True Spirituality: A Look at Four Beatitudes by Greg Herrick, Ph.D.
"Forgive me, Lord, for being too concerned about myself, for being too dependent on possessions, for failing to respond to the needs of poor brothers and sisters, for not trusting in your providence." -- from An examination of conscience using the Beatitudes by Fr Tom Groenewold
"The Beatitudes are at the heart of Jesus' preaching. They take up the promises made to the chosen people since Abraham. The Beatitudes fulfil the promises by ordering them no longer merely to the possession of a territory, but to the Kingdom of heaven." (C.C.C. # 1716)
We recognize our need for God. We depend on God. The poor in spirit know that God is more important than anything else in life. -- from Living the Beatitudes - Holy Name School in San Francisco, California
"The kingdom belongs to the poor and lowly, which means those who have accepted it with humble hearts. Jesus is sent to 'preach good news to the poor'; [Luke 4:18; cf. Luke 7:22.] he declares them blessed, for 'theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'[Matthew 5:3.] To them - the 'little ones' the Father is pleased to reveal what remains hidden from the wise and the learned. [Cf. Matthew 11:25.] Jesus shares the life of the poor, from the cradle to the cross; he experiences hunger, thirst and privation. [Cf. Matthew 21:18; Mark 2:23-26; John 4:6 1; John 19:28; Luke 9:58.] Jesus identifies himself with the poor of every kind and makes active love toward them the condition for entering his kingdom. [Cf. Matthew 25:31-46.]" C.C.C #544
A beech tree in winter, white
"Blessed are the poor in spirit ... This refers to those who rely on God, putting their lives in God's hands and trusting in God's love for them. To be poor in spirit means to depend on God for everything. It means asking God for anything, at any time, knowing that God will respond. It means that we do not despair, but rather recognize our poverty and the need for God in our life. Worrying becomes obsolete because we believe that all things are possible with God." -- from St. Ignatius, Martyr, Church - Beatitudes Homily - Fr. Joe Tomei, CSC
"Without poverty of spirit, none of us can begin to follow Christ. What does poverty of spirit mean? It is my awareness that I cannot save myself, that I am defenseless, that neither money nor power will spare me from suffering and death. It is my awareness that I desperately need God's help and mercy. It is stepping away from the rule of fear in one's life, fear being the great force that restrains us from acts of love. Being poor in spirit means becoming free of the myth that possessing many things will make me a happier person. It is an attitude expressed in a French proverb: 'When you die, you carry in your clutched hand only that which you have given away.'" -- from The Ladder of the Beatitudes - by Jim Forest - this text was subsequently expanded into book form: "Ladder of the Beatitudes" published by Orbis.