Poor in Spirit

 

winter longing for the Light
so concentrated
it became so poor, empty of self
that the winter roots sprouted wings

 

“When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

—Matthew 5:1-3

 

“Humility, that low sweet root,
From which all heavenly virtues shoot.”

—Thomas More

 

“What does poverty of spirit mean? It is my awareness that I cannot save myself, that I am basically defenseless, that neither money nor power will spare me from suffering and death, and that no matter what I achieve and acquire in this life, it will be far less than I wanted. Poverty of spirit is my awareness that I need God’s help and mercy more than I need anything else.”

–Jim Forest, “The Ladder of the Beatitudes”

 

“Lord, keep me low; empty me more and more; lay me in the dust, let me be dead and buried as to all that is of self; then shall Jesus live in me, and reign in me, and be truly my All-in-all!”

—Charles H. Spurgeon, “The Beatitudes”

 




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