Skip to comments.Catholic Word of the Day: VOW OF POVERTY, 07-03-14
Posted on 07/03/2014 7:45:57 AM PDT by Salvation
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VOW OF POVERTY
The vow by which a person freely gives up the ownership, or at least the independent use and administration, of temporal goods.
All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
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But funny story told by a priest in a homily. "This old man everyday for years and years prayed everyday to just win the lottery. He just wanted enough to take care of is family, not millions. He prayed and he prayed and he prayed. Finally after years of this God had, finally had enough and he whispered in the man's ear. Buy a ticket!"
Point was God will provide but you must help yourself as well.
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I have never valued poverty. I think it is something we should all try to rise above from.
It is hard to be fruitful and multiply if you are living in poverty.
I think of the story of the widow and her son who were going to die wen Elijah came along.
Then they had a whole year’s supply of flour and oil.
Granted, our lives are not quite that simple these days.
And then my mind bounces to tithing and trust in God. Many parents who sent their children to Catholic School have to cut back considerably to near poverty levels to make ends meet.
who send their children to Catholic School
The Franciscans and other mendicant order used the mission of the disciples, as described in the Gospels, as their example. However, the vow of poverty is not that simple. A priest or religious brother can, for example, work in a university with millions of dollars of scientific equipment and live in an average apartment, but he doesn’t own the things he uses. If he’s true to the vow, in his heart, he wouldn’t think of them as his own or expect to use them a moment longer than necessary for God’s work.