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Poverty of Spirit

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  7 reviews
An inclusive language version of the modern spiritual classic, an exquisitely beautiful meditation on the incarnation, on what it means to be fully human, and on finding the face of God hidden in our neighbors.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Paulist Press International,U.S. (first published 1994)
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Jan 27, 2011 booklady rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to booklady by: Retreat in Daily Life
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:3

Poverty of Spirit by Johannes Baptist Metz seemed like such a simple book the first time I read it. Perhaps I was just so overwhelmed by everything else to do with Retreat in Daily Life -- the term given to St. Ignatian Spiritual Exercises when they are conducted over a six month period verses the usual thirty day intensive seminar format.

However, the simplicity of Poverty of Spirit is comparable to that of the in
Sergio Pages
This book ties really well with the second week of the spiritual exercises of Ignatious of Loyola. Especially as it pertains to Jesus humanity.
It's a short book, but quite the heady content. This is definitely one to read multiple times!
A couple of insights with a lot of double-talk. Not at all compelling.
Jessica Griffith
The antidote to all this business about gratitude and happiness in current spiritual writing. I should have raided my husband's bookshelf a long time ago.
One of my favorite books... again, I'm not saying I agree 100% with every word in the book, but it's a REALLY, REALLY good book.
Dawn Haglund
I think this book I've given away to people more than any other! Great little book that gives one alot to think about --
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Johann Baptist Metz is a Catholic theologian. He is Ordinary Professor of Fundamental Theology, Emeritus, at Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster, Germany.

A student of Karl Rahner, he broke with Rahner's transcendental theology in a turn to a theology rooted in praxis. Metz is at the center of a school of political theology that strongly influenced Liberation Theology. He is one of the most
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“We must learn to accept ourselves in the painful experiment of living. We must embrace the spiritual adventure of becoming human, moving through the many stages that lie between birth and death.” 3 likes
“[N]one of us drinks the chalice of our existence to the last drop. None of us is fully obedient. Each of us falls short of the human nature entrusted to us.” 2 likes
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