Thoughts for Reflection from Benedictine & Monastic Authors

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2013 August 24 - Working Towards the Perfection of Poverty

Jesus calls the person who is rich in commandments to follow further on towards the perfection of poverty, that is, the search for the will and the uncovering of its weakness. “Sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me” (Matt 19:21). Unfortunately, many cannot leave the early wealth they have acquired; they spend years in the monastic life grieving over a spiritual blockage whose root causes they cannot uncover. For they have many moral possessions. They cling to their uprightness. Their memory of first penitence is shallow and short. They are still on spiritual milk and have not yet learned to trust the more solid food obtained by utter abandonment of one’s own ephemeral goodness. (page 65)

Lovers of the Place: Monasticism Loose in the Church
by Francis Kline, OSCO