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 »


I discovered this photo at the Flickr site of the photographer and digital artist,  Hartwig Kopp-Delaney.  I highly recommend that you take a look at the site and also his website.



“The Christian religion is a religion of the flesh.  The human body is not merely a tiresome burden which we have to carry, a dark, heavy prison in which a radiant spiritual soul is locked up as punishment until it gains release in death.  It has a central part to play in our journey to God.  Until we have experienced its tug, its weight and resistance, there is no spiritual life possible for us.  There are lessons for us to learn, experiences for us to undergo, which can come to us only through the body. ”



This quotation is take from the Book “The way of Paradox: Spiritual life as taught by Meister Eckhart” Written by Cyprian Smith OSB

This posting was in response to a post seen at “Art of the Spirit” on Hildergard of Bingen: Illness and  creative purpose. I would encourage you to read this and view the video by Matthew Fox.




Quotation from Meister Eckhart

September 25, 2008



          ” God is neither this nor that.”