The Jesuit Post on Lent and Poverty

Jesuit Brendan BusseTo mark the beginning of Lent, Jesuit scholastic Brendan Busse wrote at The Jesuit Post that, “If ever there were a day to accept failure it was Ash Wednesday … Accept that you will ultimately fail (in death if not before) and your priorities shift, your humility rises, your every action takes on a little more significance; your very life rises out of the dust of nothingness.

“It’s as if there is a moment in which you accept your essential poverty.  And suddenly there is nothing to lose. And all of life becomes gift,” he wrote.

According to Busse, the antidote to poverty is not wealth but generosity. “Generosity begins with our attention. Reading. Listening. Considering. Being attentive and literate. Being sensitive and considerate. Generosity continues with our responsibility, that is, our ability to respond.”

He concludes:

“While two days past was Ash Wednesday … yesterday was Valentine’s Day … which reminds me that we were not made for failure … we were made for love.

“After all, you have to make love to make us and it is only in love that our failure finds redemption. What if this were true? It would follow that it is only in poverty – in standing with, listening to, learning from the poor and all who suffer – that we will find the fullness of life.”

Read Busse’s full essay at The Jesuit Post.

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