Second Meditation
(The Way of Perfection, Chapters 2)

"And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: .Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'" (1)


Poor Hearts

The poor in heart trust Providence,
Without concern for want or need;
The nature of self-reliance,
Is to yearn with a wanton greed.

The poor in heart cling to nothing,
Except the Hand that provides all;
Attachments bind the will like string,
Curbing the response to His call.


The poor in heart seek the low place,
Cultivating humility;
Honor and pride suffocate grace,
And engender hostility.

The poor in heart know true freedom,
As children of a loving God,
Who longs to grant them His kingdom --
Their hearts are filled with joy and laud.

In following the Gospel's call,
The poor in heart inherit all.


May the poverty of our King inspire us to give up what we cling to and to follow Him in holy freedom.


1. Matthew 5:2-3


(c) Paul Buis, 2004