Seldom do we find a person so spiritual that she lives stripped of everything. Who can find someone truly poor in spirit and totally detached from all the things of this world? Her price is well beyond anything on earth! If a person were to give up all possessions, that would still be nothing. If great penance were to be done, it would still be a little thing. And if all knowledge were to be learnt, we would still be far off. And if one had great virtue and burned with a passionate devotion, still much would be lacking; that is, the one thing which is supremely necessary. And what is it? That having left all things behind, we must also leave self – totally abandon self – keeping nothing of self. Then we will be truly poor and naked in spirit. Yet no one is richer, no one more powerful, no one more free.
– Imitation of Christ. II:11
Totally abandon self – just for a moment.
Then we will be truly poor and naked in spirit – just for a moment.
Yet no one is richer, no one more powerful, no one more free – just for a moment.