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But he will also be helped earthly.

Poverty does not prevent love work.

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And no matter how poor man is of earthly goods, he can practise love for the neighbour, because it does not just consist of giving of material goods. Read more:

Bertha Dudde:

 

Poverty does not prevent love work.

26. September 1955. B.D. NR. 6365.

Also the very poorest can acquire the kingdom of heaven. For to fulfil my will is possible for every man. My will is unselfish love activity. And no matter how poor man is of earthly goods, he can practise love for the neighbour, because it does not just consist of giving of material goods. Also the poorest man can let the flame of love flare up in him; particularly in his poverty he can gauge the situation of fellowman, who is in trouble, and already the serious will to help is love, which pushes for activity. Love is not measured according to the material value of that, what it gives away; the degree of love is decisive, and then even the smallest gift can be assessed immeasurably high. But a heart filled with love can also communicate in another way with its fellowmen, always to his blessing, because counter love is awakened. Every good word, every sympathy with the fate of fellowman, every loving look or active help can hit a hardened heart and bring it to melt. Fellowman can be more touched in this way than it can happen through material help, because exactly poverty of the giver convinces him of real love, which now also finds reciprocation, and has aroused a ray of love. And if a man living in poverty now also still renounces himself of the little, that he possesses, so he will acquire for himself rich treasures for eternity. But he will also be helped earthly, and he will also experience from his poverty the greatest blessing himself, because also the desire for material goods dies in him, the more helpful he is to the neighbour, and he therefore learns to overcome matter far quicker, than a man in the midst of earthly possessions will learn it. Love of the heart does not depend on the size of earthly possession. Love is a feeling in the heart of man, which always pushes for activity and will also always find a way of activity. Already that man then looks after his fellowman, that he does no go past him indifferently, that he draws his attention to dangers or helps him onto the right way. Man can express his love in every way, and his love will always be felt gratefully and awaken counter love. For that reason no man will able to say, being prevented from love work through poverty. Nothing at all has love to do with material possession, for also the very poorest man can pray from heart full of love, that I may look after the unhappy neighbour and help him, because he himself cannot do it. But such a prayer first necessitates love in the heart of man, and only then it will be effective. For I see the good will of him, and for the sake of his love I am readily prepared to help. Unselfish neighbourly love could alleviate so much trouble; but mankind lacks of it, and everyone only thinks of himself and goes past the trouble of fellowman. They will acquire for themselves great treasures, which make up for their earthly poverty and which they are allowed to take with over into the opposite kingdom as immortal goods. They will be rich over there, because on earth they also remembered the poor, although they themselves have not lived in abundance.
Amen. B.D. NR. 6365.

 

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