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To the modern mind, the concept of poverty is often confused with destitution. But destitution emphatically is not the Gospel ideal. A love-filled sharing frugality is the message, and Happy Are You Poor explains the meaning of this beatitude lived and taught by Jesus himself. But isn't simplicity in lifestyle meant only for nuns and priests? Are not all of us to enjoy the goodness and beauties of our magnificent creation? Are parents to be frugal with the children they love so much?
The renowned spiritual writer Dubay gives surprising replies to these questions. He explains how material things are like extensions of our persons and thus of our love. If everyone lived this love there would be no destitution.
After presenting the richness of the Gospel message, more beautiful than any other world view, he explains how Gospel frugality is lived in each state of life.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.92" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.57" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2003
Publisher Ignatius Press
ISBN 0898709210 ISBN13 9780898709216 UPC 008987092100
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More About Thomas DuBay
Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M., a teacher and retreat master on prayer and the spiritual life, is the author of the best-selling book on prayer Fire Within, as well as The Evidential Power of Beauty, Seeking Spiritual Direction, and Faith and Certitude.
Thomas DuBay currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia.
Reviews - What do customers think about Happy Are You Poor: The Simple Life and Spiritual Freedom?
Good, but... Sep 28, 2007
I didn't finish the book because the author just kept talking around the subject, lots of 'disclaimer' type stuff and not enough basic how to info. i got frustrated after reading half of it and put it down. Maybe it picks up later, but I like to get to the content of the book in the first few chapters and not have to wait and wait and wait. The idea is good, the delivery needs work.
The truth.... May 6, 2007
About the good news of Jesus Christ is proclaimed here. The examples of the saints that Fr. Dubday lists give flesh to Jesus' words. The Church in her teachings says the same. This book is very intergrated and shows how gospel poverty (not destitution) effects many other parts of our Christian life. Perhaps what hit home for me the most was the example that poverty brings: an "apostolic credibility." As a friend of mine said, "I want to live the type of life that doesn't make sense unless God exists."
Excellent and Challenging Jan 4, 2007
Fr. Dubay tells it like it is and challenges us to live Christian poverty- to truly examine our lives and see how they should be different, using lives of the saints as models and inspirations.
This book will challenge you to sainthood! Jun 30, 2005
What does Christ really expect of us when He instructs those who would be His disciples to give up their worldly possessions (e.g., Mt 19:21-24)? If you're like me, you've always gotten a little nervous around passages like these and maybe you try not to think about them.
But everyone concerned about living an authentically Christian life should read Fr. Dubay's "Happy Are You Poor". It's a personally challenging exploration of the meaning of the virtue of poverty ("Blessed are the poor"). That is to say, it will challenge you to deepen your commitment to Christ and His Kingdom.
Fr. Dubay tells us flat out that he thinks we ought to hear the true message of Gospel poverty that too many are afraid to proclaim (or practice): Christians must lead radically simple, frugal, and charitable lives. Demonstrated through Scripture and most prominantly through the lives of the saints, Fr. Dubay's book is a formidable challenge to our current lifestyles.
The first four chapters of "Happy Are You Poor", which comprises "part one", are almost entirely preliminary (and mostly boring). In them, Fr. Dubay (rightly) pleads with readers to approach his book prayerfully and with an openness to correction and admonishment. He spends a long time lamenting the fact that the virtue of poverty has been watered down by many good natured folks trying to make sense of their religious vows. They reduce saintly poverty (to which we are all called) to a vague sense of "detachment" from material goods or to an "availability to others" with one's time and self. The book is largely geared toward that audience -- those who have previously misinterpreted Gospel poverty.
But then he goes on to describe Gospel poverty, and its concrete demands based upon each state of life (married, single, celibate, vowed, etc.). This part is invaluable, no matter who you are. Before you know it, you'll be seriously considering lifestyle changes (for the greater glory of God!) that you wouldn't have before. Fr. Dubay even includes an examen in the back of the book for personal reflection and growth.
This is a topic that needs to be discussed more. If anything, the possibility that this is God's will for you should be reason enough to buy this book. Indeed, He calls all of us to the virtue of poverty. How are you living it?
Thoroughly convicting, and encouraging Jan 20, 2005
Just over a week ago, Fr. Dubay was in my hometown, giving a retreat at one of the local Catholic Churches. The topic was the same as that of this book: Gospel poverty. Due to my erradic work schedule, I was unable to attend the retreat. However, most of the people I know who attended, read this book long before the retreat, and all of them, unequivocally, have recommended the book. I began the book last Friday, and finished it last night. In short: I couldn't put it down.
I am not saying that I enjoyed this book, with it's "hard-as-nails" challenging, yet ever so true, message. If I were to say that I am not attached to my music and movies, to my clothing outfits, to my hairstyles, and what not, I would be guilty of one of the seven deadly sins: lying. Although, I, like most people, I'm sure, would claim to own my things, rather than my things owning me. However, upon reading this book, a reality known as conviction knocked on my door, and has contributed to the ongoing process of crumbling away the demonic sin from my life: pride.
I will say it again, as I said to my roommate last night: This book was a marvelous read (as it was marvelously written), and rang ever so true in my ears. Yet, it was anything but an easy read. I emphatically did NOT enjoy being convicted, quite simply because I, like most Americans, do NOT want to be told that I, in any sense whatsoever, am wrong. As the shoddy philosophy of our day goes: "It's not right to say that some things are not right." I denounce that philosophy, yet I live by it every day. This book helped reveal that to me.
I think a lot of Protestants would be wise to read this book, as many of the Churches have been poisoned by the health and wealth heresy. As I heard some preacher say on TV, "You can tell whom God has blessed by looking at the size of their houses, and the shiny hue on their cars, and the size of their bank accounts!" And of course, the whole congregation was all emotional, and in tears, with hands a-raised, and shouting, "Amen, Jesus! Praise You Jesus!" People that live on emotions, a movement dubbed as emotionalism, make me cringe.
Perhaps I'm being a wee bit too caustic; perhaps not. Regardless, America and the rest of this fallen world are precisely fallen, unsaved, and what not, precisely because people like me fail to live to the Gospel in all of it's radicality, day in and day out, 24/7. No, I take that back. It's not a matter of "failing" to live it, because to fail at something means that one is trying. For me to say that I try would again, in my estimation, make me guilty of that very same seven deadly sin I mentioned above: lying. I am Mr. Intellectual, and that is mainly all my faith is. This book has moved me in such a way that I am tired of the banal Christian life. What it really boils down to for myself, and probably most non-radical Christians, is fear of what people will think. Ultimately, shame. And, we would be wise to hark to the fore of our minds the words of Christ, "If you are ashamed of me before people, I will be ashamed of you before my Father in heaven."