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Life in Christ

609

III.

P

overty of

H

eart

2544

Jesus enjoins his disciples to prefer him to everything and

everyone, and bids them “renounce all that [they have]” for his

sake and that of the Gospel.

335

Shortly before his passion he gave

them the example of the poor widow of Jerusalem who, out of her

poverty, gave all that she had to live on.

336

The precept of detach­

ment from riches is obligatory for entrance into the Kingdom of

heaven.

2545

All Christ’s faithful are to “direct their affections rightly,

lest they be hindered in their pursuit of perfect charity by the use

of worldly things and by an adherence to riches which is contrary

to the spirit of evangelical poverty.”

337

2546

“Blessed are the poor in spirit.”

338

The Beatitudes reveal

an order of happiness and grace, of beauty and peace. Jesus cele­

brates the joy of the poor, to whom the Kingdom already

belongs:

339

The Word speaks of voluntary humility as “poverty in

spirit”; theApostle gives an example of God’s poverty when

he says: “For your sakes he became poor.”

340

2547

The Lord grieves over the rich, because they find their

consolation in the abundance of goods.

341

“Let the proud seek and

love earthly kingdoms, but blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs

is the Kingdom of heaven.”

342

Abandonment to the providence of

the Father in heaven frees us from anxiety about tomorrow.

343

Trust in God is a preparation for the blessedness of the poor. They

shall see God.

335

Lk

14:33; cf.

Mk

8:35.

336 Cf.

Lk

21:4.

337

LG

42 § 3.

338

Mt

5:3.

339 Cf.

Lk

6:20.

340 St. Gregory of Nyssa,

De beatitudinibus

1: PG 44, 1200D; cf.

2 Cor

8:9.

341

Lk

6:24.

342 St. Augustine,

De serm. Dom. in monte

1, 1, 3: PL 34, 1232.

343 Cf.

Mt

6:25-34.

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