Poor in Spirit

“There is only one problem on which all my existence, my peace, my happiness depend: to discover myself in discovering God.” – Thomas Merton


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Isaiah 1:15-17

Though you pray the more, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood! Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil; learn to do good. Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.


The Prophet Isaiah is chastising those who pray and carry out rituals while at the same time do nothing to help those in need.

What good are words and rituals if they don’t transform you into a more loving, caring, compassionate, and forgiving person?

What good are they if they don’t spur you to take the preferential option for the poor?

This option runs throughout the bible and is one of the seven themes of Catholic social teaching.

As the bible tells us: “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:17).

We are all called to redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea and defend the widow.

We are also called to stand with and support those who do.

Understand, however, that when you do these things that you will not be popular.

Many in power will not be your friend.

You will have to let go of your ego’s desires in deference to the needs of others.

Paradoxically, this will lead you to living as your true self.

You will truly understand Jesus’ words: “Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39).


Listen to the song of the day “Pour Me Out” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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