"One of the deepest forms of poverty a person can experience is isolation." Source: Pope Benedict XVI, CARITAS IN VERITATE (Charity in Truth), 6/29/2009
The vow of obedience consummates the sacrifice of the religious. It is the essential vow of religion. It alone might suffice, for it eminently comprises the others. It perfects the holocaust begun by poverty in the goods of fortune, and continued by chastity in those of the body, by offering to God the liberty, the [...]
"In espousing Jesus, you espouse His state of poverty. The bride assumes the rank of the bridegroom. Now, Jesus is poor in His clothing, in His nourishment, in His abode, in His labor. You will live, then, as He does, as His Blessed Mother, as dear Saint Joseph, His loving foster-father. They were happy in [...]
"If the rule of poverty is truly kept, both chastity and all the other virtues are fortified much better than by the most sumptuous edifices." Source: Saint Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection, Dover Thrift Editions, 2012.
"What do kings and lords matter to me if I have no desire to possess their money, or to please them, if by so doing I should cause the least displeasure to God? And what do their honours mean to me if I have realized that the chief honour of a poor man consists in [...]
"My daughters must believe that it is for their own good that the Lord has enabled me to realize in some small degree what blessings are to be found in holy poverty. Those of them who practice it will also realize this, though perhaps not as clearly as I do; for, although I had professed [...]
"The source of this pride is their selfish love for themselves. Everything here is the exact opposite of what I have told you about true obedience. How can these wretches, bereft of charity, be otherwise than in pain? They are forced to bow the head of their will while pride holds it high. Their every [...]
"From the very beginning Christians have brought, along with the bread and wine for the Eucharist, gifts to share with those in need. This custom of the collection, ever appropriate, is inspired by the example of Christ who became poor to make us rich." Source: Catechism of the Catholic Church #1351
"Do not complain then of your poverty, my daughter. We only complain of that which is unwelcome, and if poverty is unwelcome to you, you are no longer poor in spirit." Source: St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life, Random House, Inc., 2002.
"If poverty sometimes costs, raise your eyes, and look upon Jesus in the Eucharist. He is still poorer than you, He has much less than you. You will never equal His poverty. He keeps only the species, not even the small substance that would represent a host, if it remained bread. No, He has but [...]