Sermon 87 – On ‘the Poor in Spirit’

Beati pauperes spiritu quia ipsorum est regnum caelorum (Matt. 5:3)

Beatitude itself opened its mouth of wisdom and said: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’. All angels, all saints, and everything that was ever born must keep silent when the wisdom of the Father speaks: for all the wisdom of angels and all creatures is pure folly before the unfathomable wisdom of God. This wisdom has declared that the poor are blessed.

Now there are two kinds of poverty. The one is external poverty and this is good and much to be commended in the man who practises it voluntarily for the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he himself possessed. About this poverty I shall say no more now. But there is another poverty, an interior poverty, to which this word of our Lord applies when He says: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit’. Read the rest of this entry »

 

The following lines from the Neil Young’s song “On the Beach” basically sums things up for me at the moment……

“Though my problems are meaningless
That don’t make them go away”

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A Zen Saying….

June 11, 2012

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Present Tense – Lyrics


Do you see the way that tree bends?
Does it inspire?
Leaning out to catch the sun’s rays
A lesson to be applied
Are you getting something out of this all-encompassing trip?

You can spend your time alone, re-digesting past regrets, oh
Or you can come to terms and realize
You’re the only one who can’t forgive yourself, oh
Makes much more sense, to live in the present tense

Have you ideas on how this life ends?
Checked your hands and studied the lines
Have you the belief that the road ahead, ascends off into the light?
Seems that needlessly it’s getting harder
To find an approach and a way to live
Are we getting something out of this all-encompassing trip?

You can spend your time alone re-digesting past regrets, oh
Or you can come to terms and realize
You’re the only one who cannot forgive yourself, oh
Makes much more sense, to live in the present tense

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 A Zen saying on a photo I took at AfrikaBurn a few years ago.

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