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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Poverty Frees

It is voluntary poverty which needs to be preached to the comfortable congregations, so that a man will not be afraid of losing his job if he speaks out on these issues. So that pastors or congregations will not be afraid of losing the support of rich benefactors. A readiness for poverty, a disposition to accept it, is enough to begin with. We will always get what we need. "Take no thought for what you shall eat or drink -- the Lord knows you have need of these things.
--Dorothy Day, July, 1964--


Blogger Moneybags said...

I enjoyed reading this post especially since poverty is my discussion topic this week. I also read in "Memory and Identity" by Pope John Paul ll that not all suffering is bad. Everything that happens is used for good, and it is out of suffering or poverty that we learn to love God and humble ourselves. It is quite unfortunate that others must suffer, but I know that these people will be saved when the Lord comes; they will be at peace.

It seems that through evil good is always accomplished. This is also something I understood from the book; if God could turn a Cross into a Resurrection He can do all things, and all things that He does are good and loving.

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Blogger auron said...

I'm sorry but many starve and don't get what they need.

6:29 PM  
Blogger billathts said...

Dear Auron,

you miss the point of the quote. Voluntary poverty means: if everyone stopped trying to be richer, noone would be poor. If everyone tried to the poorest, everyone would be rich.

cf, The Person and the Common Good, by Jacques Maritain and the Personalist Manifesto, by Emmanuel Mounier and Easy Essays, by Peter Maurin.


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