Poverty and Community

“There are many forms of poverty:  economic poverty, physical poverty, emotional poverty, mental poverty, and spiritual poverty.  As long as we relate primarily to each other’s wealth, health, stability, intelligence, and soul strength, we cannot develop true community.  Community is not a talent show in which we dazzle the world with our combined gifts.  Community is the place where our poverty is acknowledged and accepted, not as something we have to learn to cope with as best as we can but as a true source of new life.

Living community in whatever form – family, parish, twelve-step program, or intentional community – challenges us to come together at the place of our poverty,  believing that there we can reveal our richness.”

– Henri Nouwen

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~ by tdcatss on March 18, 2014.

3 Responses to “Poverty and Community”

  1. I really like this, Kaif. Thanks for sharing!

  2. His heart was so intune with Christ’s. If you have never read his essay “Praying with a Clinched Fist” I have posted it on my blog and even ave a pdf for download. Here is the link:
    http://www.darianburns.com/2013/09/06/praying-clinched-fist-2/

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