Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of God. Matthew 5:3
We can readily find in scripture proof that Jesus and His followers were poor by worldly standards as well as “in spirit.” Simply stated, being “poor in spirit” means that one is detached from things of this world and knows that the kingdom of God is EVERYTHING.
Jesus’ disciples were willing to give up attachments to this world and embrace the carpenter’s son. Jesus spared nothing. He gave his life.
Are we also willing to become “poor in spirit?” God gives us the chance each and every day to live out our faith and meet Him in those around us. Can we detach ourselves from the material world and share our possessions with the poor in our midst? Can we avoid the temptation to hoard our wealth and essentially “rob” those in need? It is only when we sacrifice that we become “blessed” and gain the greatest wealth possible-the kingdom of God.
Opportunities to reach out to those in need surround us. Your acts of charity will sanctify and strengthen your family. Remember the charism of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – seek and find the face of Jesus in others.
Suggestions for YOUR Family Connection:
· Practice the virtue of Christian Charity and let that virtue lead by example
· Adopt a child or elderly person through the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) or other charitable sponsorship program
· Make a one-time donation or a regular monthly contribution toward a meaningful, noble needed cause.
· Contribute to your local food pantry
· Participate in the Giving Tree Projects and other efforts to assist the poor at your parish
· Volunteer with community service projects
· Support local efforts to assist others
· Be aware of poverty throughout the world
· Be generous with your time and talents
· Join in the efforts of local organizations and causes that reach out to those in need
· Work for systemic change
· Stand for Peace and Justice
· Support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in its mission to serve the poor
PRAY without ceasing, pray for the poor
From Pat Hogrebe, Director St Vincent de Paul, Belleville Council, and Chapter Guide for FTF Chapter 31.