While statistics can show general trends on poverty it cannot express the effects that poverty has on the lives and souls of those experiencing it. A humble life, freely chosen, can be a blessing, but comparing what you lack to the abundance of others can create feelings of exclusion and worthlessness. Other kinds of poverty are sometimes invisible: loneliness, rejection, unstable family lives for children, loss of hope — the sufferings that come from the broken relationships in our society. Perhaps what’s called for is poverty in spirit, to be open and make space to take in and address the sufferings of those around us, whatever they may be.
A child’s eye view of poverty
There’s always been a special place in spirituality for the poor — Jesus himself “became poor” (2 Cor 8:9). Poverty can be economic or spiritual. Here some people share how they face and alleviate it
When teenage children don’t want to join a family outing
She seemed shut off in her own world