Your Poor Soul


Herman loved hanging out with his buddy Earl. Earl was always so positive, and he told everyone about “holy moments,” a concept he had first heard from Matthew Kelly. Whenever Earl and Deacon Guy got together, he knew there would be an interesting conversation. Today was no exception.

Deacon Guy had heard a priest on TV recently talk about the “poverty of the soul.” It really made an impression on him, and the Deacon was sharing the information with his friends,


The Bible records the greatest sermon ever preached. Of course, it was preached by Jesus. We know it as “The Sermon on the Mount.” This is the sermon that includes the Beattitudes, which also means “the blessings” or the “ways to be blessed.” Some say that the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament were a “type” for the New Testament Beattitudes (typology).

In the Beattitudes, Jesus says that those who are “poor in spirit” will be blessed (Mt 5:3). The Kingdom of God will be theirs.

So what does it mean to be poor in spirit? The Catechism has something to say about that. It tells the faithful:

“The kingdom belongs to the poor and lowly, which means those who have accepted it with humble hearts. Jesus is sent to “preach good news to the poor”; he declares them blessed, for “theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (CCC 544)


Well, it didn’t take Earl very long to decide he was going to spend some time contemplating the poverty of his own soul. He was intrigued when Deacon Guy told him that he would find God in the poverty of his soul. Earl knew that his soul was impoverished, and he had examined his soul many time in preparation for Confession. But Herman’s buddy had not spent much time contemplating the poverty of his soul. Now, thanks to the old Deacon, Earl had a whole, new perspective. We’ll have to check back some time to see how this impacted his life.


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ.

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