“Those who worry too much about the alms that they are likely to be given will find that sooner or later this bad habit will lead them to go and ask for something which they do not need, and perhaps from someone who needs it more than they do. Such a person would gain rather than lose by giving it us but we should certainly be worse off for having it”. St. Teresa of Avila – The Way of Perfection
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Do you ask from the people who have less than you do?
Are you able to wait for God to provide for your sustainment?
Are you blessed by what you give to others?
“Poverty is good and contains within itself all the good things in the world. It is a great domain – I mean that he who cares nothing for the good things of the world has dominion over them all”. St. Teresa of Avila – The Way of Perfection
Do you think poverty is good?
Would poverty be good for you?
Why does St. Teresa say that it is good for us?
And why does she say that the person who cares nothing for the good things has dominion over them?
If you enjoyed this post maybe you would like to read the first post I wrote about St. Teresa of Avila's book: Thoughts and questions on St. Teresa of Avila's book "The Way of Perfection"
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As long as I have my family, I have all I need.ReplyDelete
Everyone should experience a little poverty (wanting) in their life so they can appreciate what they have.ReplyDelete
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I came from a third world country and at one point of our lives we experienced poverty yet we did not mind it for we have family with us who give us comfort. maybe poverty is a good thing because that gives people to work harder to get out from that situation. Thanks for sharingReplyDelete
I love that total detachment from wanting that St. Teresa speaks about--that is what I aim to have.ReplyDelete
What a great post and pictures! I think we should appreciate the little things we have in our life and always have in mind, that there are people who are happy with less than we have.ReplyDelete
My family raised me to be a giver and stick to our traditions of sharing. We regularly share food with the less fortunate and the smile on their faces is priceless.ReplyDelete
I have lived in lower class america and now I am middle class. Poverty is here too and luckily I have never been to that level but I have had loved ones who were homeless or hungry and I try to help them out as much as I can.ReplyDelete
Poverty is everywhere, but if we have and can give, we try to do that as much as possible. Amber NReplyDelete
I strongly believe that for my family, poverty or a lack of something in our lives is a great thing to have. It helps us to be dependent on God and not ourselves or what we can provide for ourselves. What's more, it is in those moments of necessity, the moments where you feel you have lost all control where God shows up with power and you have an encounter with the One who holds everything together by the power of His word. Great post! Stopping by from the Spiritual Sunday HopReplyDelete
I think what she may mean, is that life is simpler when we are not possessed by our possessions. You appreciate what you have. You appreciate life.,ReplyDelete
I know how it feels like being in the state of poverty. I experienced it and I saw it around me. But poverty brings out something good too and that is total dependence on God's provision and humility. Whatever your situation is, we can still glorify God.ReplyDelete
I read something really interesting. There is a certain proverty line that, if given more money, would not make the people any happier. It's a state of mind.ReplyDelete