44 Days of St. Joseph – April 7 – Lover of Poverty

We tend to see poverty as, very simply, a lack of wealth. But poverty, especially spiritual poverty, can also be an openhandedness, an availability.

Christ himself was poor and modeled poverty. In fact, it was his availability, writes theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, which was the raw material out of which God fashioned the salvation of the world. In being called to spiritual poverty, we are called to being available to God.

To prune from oneself the attachments to the world is not to love detachment for detachment’s sake. It is to prepare yourself to be used by God and what’s more, to be united to him.

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