The Parish Lenten Mission at Mater Dei Latin Mass Parish in 2015 featured Fr. Jacques Philippe, a priest of the Community of the Beatitudes and author of Searching for and Maintaining Peace, Thirsting for Prayer,Interior Freedom, The Way of Trust and Love, and many other books.
Spiritual Poverty and Living According to the Beatitudes
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Night One – March 2nd
Review of Beatitudes and Poverty of Spirit in the light of the Old Testament
Night Two – March 3rd
Poverty of spirit in relation to God and to oneself
Night Three – March 4th
Poverty of spirit in relation to our neighbor
Night Four – March 5th
Poverty of spirit in relation to our own life (Spiritual Poverty in Prayer)
Fr. Jacques Philippe on Spiritual Poverty
Human beings are more than the sum of the good they can accomplish. They are children of God, whether they do good or cannot yet manage to do anything. Our Father in heaven does not love us because of the good we do. He loves us for ourselves, because he has adopted us as his children forever.
This is why humility, spiritual poverty, is so precious: it locates our identity securely in the one place where it will be safe from all harm. If our treasure is in God, no one can take it from us. Humility is truth. I am what I am in God’s eyes: a poor child who possesses absolutely nothing, who receives everything, infinitely loved and totally free. I have received everything in advance from the freely bestowed love of my Father, who said to me definitively: “All that is mine is yours.”
– Interior Freedom p.124