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William C. Chittick - 1998 - 483 pages
|... attributed to created things, does not designate real independence, and hence |
it might as well be called "poverty. ... The occasion makes him independent in
that thing toward which he is poor, because it comes to exist through the
|Two privileges come with your poverty. Since you did not choose it, it is ... When |
our own desire is not involved, the greatest degree of God's desire is expressed.
A modest ... It does not have the wholeness of true poverty. Since we naturally ...
Patrick V. Reid - 1995 - 400 pages
|This something has no "before" or "after," and it waits for nothing that is yet to |
come, for it has nothing to gain or lose. ... For God does not intend that man shall
have a place reserved for him to work in, since true poverty of spirit requires that ...
|poverty about which Eckhart wants to speak. Fulfilling God's dearest will is not |
true inner poverty. ... and before God was God, Eckhart illustrates how spiritual
poverty is abandoned as the soul and God come "to be" in creatures: What I
wanted I ...
|God is not the author of condemnation. Jesus clearly declared that He did not |
come to condemn the world, but that through Him the world might be saved (see
John ... True poverty is never finding God and therefore never finding one's self.
|Therefore, it is necessary for a man to long not to be able to long nor to perceive |
God's works. ... Many people have said that it is perfection when one possesses
no material earthly things, and in one sense this is indeed true, if a man does this
voluntarily, but this is not the sense ... will but who lives so that he may be free
both of his own will and of God's will as he was when he was not about this
|... but to a suspension of all teleological attitudes. He who is poor in spirit does |
not will to have this virtue or that, or even to do the will of God. While all who have
such a will are good people, they do not possess true spiritual poverty, for they ...
|The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous |
or adverse. ... Furthermore, we must unite ourselves to God's will not only in
things that come to us directly from his hands, such as sickness, desolation,
poverty, death ... On these occasions we must remember that whilst God does not
will the sin, he does will our humiliation, our poverty, ... It is true, when one
offends us unjustly, God does not will his sin, nor does he concur in the sinner's
bad will; but God ...
|For it is not God's intention in His works that a man should have a place within |
himself for God to work in: for poverty of spirit ... to rise above grace and being
and understanding and will and all desire — so how can St. Paul's words be true
|For example the so called celebrities have amassed extremely large sums of |
money, but do not enjoy true prosperity simply because; their relationships are
not working. This is the ... Poverty is not the will of God for any believer and
neither is it part of holiness and righteousness. ... And all these blessings shall
come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord