from the pages of Patrick's
Personal Spiritual Journal
Blessed are the poor in spirit
Should poverty be a goal? Aren’t we to help the poor? Aren’t we to help
them not be poor?
And yet, somehow the poor are blessed.
Poverty means forced humility. It means I must wait for food stamps. It
means when someone gives me money it’s not a token gift. It means having to
pray. It means I have a need to trust.
When I am flat on my back, as the saying goes, I can only look up. As
long as I have anything I can call my own I will resist dependence upon God. The
more I have to my credit, the more I will trust my self.
But in that place when I realize I have nothing-or that I at least
recognize that I lack something, I will be more inclined to call out for
And calling out for help not only to God, but to his people. A life
lived independent of God and my fellow man is the road to hell in this
Indeed, to need is a grace.
Patrick is Routine Revelation. These are entries from his personal spiritual journal. Most entries were written several years before they were published. For more on Rev. Riecke, click here.