C. POVERTY OF SPIRIT: SIMPLICITY

The Apostles asked Jesus:

"Who is of greatest importance in the kingdom of God?" He called a little child over and stood him in their midst and said: "I assure you, unless you change and become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of God. Whoever makes himself lowly, becoming like this child, is of greatest importance in that heavenly reign." (Mt. 18:3)

"See simplicity in the complicated.

Achieve greatness in little things....

In the universe great acts

are made up of small deeds."

(Tao Te Ching, Ch. 63)

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit.

The path that St. Théresè of the Child Jesus was that of poverty of spirit and self forgetfulness. She became spiritually like a little child trusting completely in her heavenly Father. She wrote: "God rejoices more in what He can do in a soul humbly resigned to its poverty than in the creation of millions of suns and the vast stretches of the heavens."

Her "Little Way" to God consisted in a life lived in a monastery at Lisieux, France, and doing the daily tasks life demands with a great love of God.

She said: "The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are very little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least of actions for love. I wish both to suffer and to find joy through love. Thus will I scatter my flowers."

Thérèse had a desire to become a priest but upon reflection she realized that the greater gift was love. St. Paul has well said that if I can speak with tongues of angels, have faith so as to move mountains, give everything to feed the poor and hand over my body to be burned, it avails nothing unless done out of love. (1Cor. 13:1-3)

Silence