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Blessed be the poor in spirit
« on: February 22, 2015, 02:01:53 PM »
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  • Who are the poor in spirit?

    My thinking is that they are those who experience desolation.

    Also, is being dull in spirit the same as being poor in spirit?

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    « Reply #1 on: February 22, 2015, 02:35:21 PM »
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  • 'It is not possible to take great pleasure in anything without becoming attached to it. If you lose property, and find yourself grievously afflicted at the loss, you may be sure that you were warmly attached to it; - there is no surer proof of affection for the thing lost than our sorrow at its loss. Therefore, do not fix your longings on anything which you do not possess; do not let your heart rest in that which you have; do not grieve overmuch at the losses which may happen to you; - and then you may reasonably believe that although rich in fact, you are not so in affection, but that you are poor in spirit, and therefore blessed, for the Kingdom of Heaven is yours.'

    St. Francis de Sales

    'Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    By "the poor in spirit" is meant those who are poor in earthly desires, and desire nothing but God. These are poor in desires, but not without affection, because they live contented even in this life; and, therefore, the Lord does not say, "Theirs will be the kingdom of heaven," but "theirs is," because even in this life they are rich in spiritual blessings which they receive from God; and thus, however poor they are in temporal goods, they live content with their condition.

    They are different from the rich in earthly desires, who, in the present life, whatever riches they possess, are always poor, and live discontented; for the good things of this life do not satisfy our thirst, however much they are increased; wherefore, these persons are never contented, never attaining to the acquisition of what they desire.'

    St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

    '"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God;" and if so, woe be to the rich in spirit, for theirs must be the bitterness of Hell. By rich in spirit I mean him whose riches engross his mind, or whose mind is buried in his riches. He is poor in spirit whose heart is not filled with the love of riches, whose mind is not set upon them. The halcyon builds its nest like a ball, and leaving but one little aperture in the upper part, launches it on the sea, so secure and impenetrable, that the waves carry it along without any water getting in, and it floats on the sea, superior, so to say, to the waves. And this, my child, is what your heart should be - open only to heaven, impenetrable to riches and earthly treasures. If you have them, keep your heart from attaching itself to them; let it maintain a higher level, and amidst riches be as though you had none, - superior to them. Do not let that mind which is the likeness of God cleave to mere earthly goods; let it always be raised above them, not sunk in them.'

    St. Francis de Sales


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    Sincerely,

    Shin

    'Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra. . . Fulcite me floribus.' (The flowers appear on the earth. . . stay me up with flowers. Sg 2:12,5)'-


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    Blessed be the poor in spirit
    « Reply #2 on: February 22, 2015, 03:07:23 PM »
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  • Quote from: shin
    'It is not possible to take great pleasure in anything without becoming attached to it. If you lose property, and find yourself grievously afflicted at the loss, you may be sure that you were warmly attached to it; - there is no surer proof of affection for the thing lost than our sorrow at its loss. Therefore, do not fix your longings on anything which you do not possess; do not let your heart rest in that which you have; do not grieve overmuch at the losses which may happen to you; - and then you may reasonably believe that although rich in fact, you are not so in affection, but that you are poor in spirit, and therefore blessed, for the Kingdom of Heaven is yours.'

    St. Francis de Sales

    'Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    By "the poor in spirit" is meant those who are poor in earthly desires, and desire nothing but God. These are poor in desires, but not without affection, because they live contented even in this life; and, therefore, the Lord does not say, "Theirs will be the kingdom of heaven," but "theirs is," because even in this life they are rich in spiritual blessings which they receive from God; and thus, however poor they are in temporal goods, they live content with their condition.

    They are different from the rich in earthly desires, who, in the present life, whatever riches they possess, are always poor, and live discontented; for the good things of this life do not satisfy our thirst, however much they are increased; wherefore, these persons are never contented, never attaining to the acquisition of what they desire.'

    St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

    '"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God;" and if so, woe be to the rich in spirit, for theirs must be the bitterness of Hell. By rich in spirit I mean him whose riches engross his mind, or whose mind is buried in his riches. He is poor in spirit whose heart is not filled with the love of riches, whose mind is not set upon them. The halcyon builds its nest like a ball, and leaving but one little aperture in the upper part, launches it on the sea, so secure and impenetrable, that the waves carry it along without any water getting in, and it floats on the sea, superior, so to say, to the waves. And this, my child, is what your heart should be - open only to heaven, impenetrable to riches and earthly treasures. If you have them, keep your heart from attaching itself to them; let it maintain a higher level, and amidst riches be as though you had none, - superior to them. Do not let that mind which is the likeness of God cleave to mere earthly goods; let it always be raised above them, not sunk in them.'

    St. Francis de Sales


    Inspirational Quotes from the Saints


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    « Reply #3 on: February 22, 2015, 03:14:16 PM »
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  • 'There is a wide difference between having poison and being poisoned. All apothecaries have poisons ready for special uses, but they are not consequently poisoned, because the poison is only in their shop, not in themselves; and so you may possess riches without being poisoned by them, so long as they are in your house or purse only, and not in your heart.

    It is the Christian's privilege to be rich in material things, and poor in attachment to them, thereby having the use of riches in this world and the merit of poverty in the next. Of a truth, my daughter, no one will ever own themselves to be avaricious; - everyone denies this contemptible vice: - men excuse themselves on the plea of providing for their children, or plead the duty of prudent forethought: - they never have too much, there is always some good reason for accumulating more; and even the most avaricious of men not only do not own to being such, but sincerely believe that they are not; and that because avarice is as a strong fever which is all the less felt as it rages most fiercely.

    Moses saw that sacred fire which burnt the bush without consuming it, but the profane fire of avarice acts precisely the other way, - it consumes the miser, but without burning, for, amid its most intense heat, he believes himself to be deliciously cool, and imagines his insatiable thirst to be merely natural and right.

    If you long earnestly, anxiously, and persistently after what you do not possess, it is all very well to say that you do not wish to get it unfairly, but you are all the time guilty of avarice. He who longs eagerly and anxiously to drink, though it may be water only, thereby indicates that he is feverish.

    St. Francis de Sales
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    Shin

    'Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra. . . Fulcite me floribus.' (The flowers appear on the earth. . . stay me up with flowers. Sg 2:12,5)'-

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    « Reply #4 on: February 22, 2015, 03:15:30 PM »
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  • No trouble. Deo gratias.
    Sincerely,

    Shin

    'Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra. . . Fulcite me floribus.' (The flowers appear on the earth. . . stay me up with flowers. Sg 2:12,5)'-


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    Blessed be the poor in spirit
    « Reply #5 on: February 22, 2015, 03:54:09 PM »
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  • Quote from: shin
    'It is not possible to take great pleasure in anything without becoming attached to it. If you lose property, and find yourself grievously afflicted at the loss, you may be sure that you were warmly attached to it; - there is no surer proof of affection for the thing lost than our sorrow at its loss. Therefore, do not fix your longings on anything which you do not possess; do not let your heart rest in that which you have; do not grieve overmuch at the losses which may happen to you; - and then you may reasonably believe that although rich in fact, you are not so in affection, but that you are poor in spirit, and therefore blessed, for the Kingdom of Heaven is yours.'

    St. Francis de Sales

    'Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    By "the poor in spirit" is meant those who are poor in earthly desires, and desire nothing but God. These are poor in desires, but not without affection, because they live contented even in this life; and, therefore, the Lord does not say, "Theirs will be the kingdom of heaven," but "theirs is," because even in this life they are rich in spiritual blessings which they receive from God; and thus, however poor they are in temporal goods, they live content with their condition.

    They are different from the rich in earthly desires, who, in the present life, whatever riches they possess, are always poor, and live discontented; for the good things of this life do not satisfy our thirst, however much they are increased; wherefore, these persons are never contented, never attaining to the acquisition of what they desire.'

    St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

    '"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God;" and if so, woe be to the rich in spirit, for theirs must be the bitterness of Hell. By rich in spirit I mean him whose riches engross his mind, or whose mind is buried in his riches. He is poor in spirit whose heart is not filled with the love of riches, whose mind is not set upon them. The halcyon builds its nest like a ball, and leaving but one little aperture in the upper part, launches it on the sea, so secure and impenetrable, that the waves carry it along without any water getting in, and it floats on the sea, superior, so to say, to the waves. And this, my child, is what your heart should be - open only to heaven, impenetrable to riches and earthly treasures. If you have them, keep your heart from attaching itself to them; let it maintain a higher level, and amidst riches be as though you had none, - superior to them. Do not let that mind which is the likeness of God cleave to mere earthly goods; let it always be raised above them, not sunk in them.'

    St. Francis de Sales


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    This is exactly what my priest said this morning.  Thanks for sharing this.

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    « Reply #6 on: February 23, 2015, 04:59:46 PM »
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  • I'm going to quote your post from another thread here too, CathMom, as it was very good.

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    For the last few weeks our priest has been giving sermons on the vices.

    Last week, his sermon was on greed.

    I won't publish it all here, but I will give you this general idea.

    Our society has become a society of greed. Poverty has become a capital crime and a social stigma. Poverty is the sign of the outcast and it is our enemy. Some people have become so greedy that they can't let go of a single dollar--not to help someone in need buy food, a bed for a child, or tires for car. We are a nation of compulsive shoppers, workaholics, an hoarders.

    We are now a people whose authority is their bank account and financial independence and we have long lost the concept that Our Lord is the provider of all these things we have.

    A man's greatest virtue, these days, seems to his financial success, his retirement accounts, his children's college funds. Men are working 70 or 80 hours a week all at the expense of spending time with his wife and children let alone the Lord in prayer or at Mass. We have become so greedy that women stop having children so they can spend their time at work. The working mother is a cancer on our society.

    The avaricious are easily convinced they are on the verge of ruin or imminent starvation, and the more they acquire, the more insecure they become.

    There is certainly nothing wrong with earning a good income or having possessions. These things can be used for very many good things. But avarice is a capital sin that causes us to look to things to provide us temporal security. We mistrust God. The Lord tells us in the Scripture not to worry about what we will eat or wear. He promises that He knows what we need....that if we seek His Kingdom first, all of these things He will provide!

    Our preoccupation with survival, our avarice, eventually makes it impossible for us to rise about the material to seek God in Truth.

    Is it poverty or greed that animates so much social unrest today?

    Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs in the kingdom of God.
    "If I could only make the faithful sing the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus and the Agnus Dei ... that would be to me the finest triumph sacred music could have, for it is in really taking part in the liturgy that the faithful will preserve their devotion. I would take the Tantum ...

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    « Reply #7 on: February 24, 2015, 10:48:31 PM »
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  • Jesus is telling us that money is a false idol which will eventually fail you if you worship her.


     

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