A vow of poverty is part of my commitment as an oblate of the Order of Julian of Norwich. Biblical tithing is the foundation this vow. By tithing, we establish a priority between things of this world and things of heaven. Letting go of our demands for wealth and status is the first step toward living a life of holy poverty.
Holy poverty redefines the “necessities” of life. For example, we don’t have cable or satellite television in our home. Our only cell phone is a cell phone and not a computer. In all honesty, I don’t carry a cell. We share a Ford Focus for practical and reliable transportation. Our home is modest and we live in a modest neighborhood by choice.
What does this have to do with Christianity? Jesus rejected Satan’s offer of great wealth so that his worship would be only for his Father. We face the same temptation. America’s hunger for wealth, status, and power causes violence on the poor and aliens who live among us. In simple terms, it’s the difference between living for possessions and living for God.
Calvin Wulf is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator who lives in Colorado with his wife Lisa. He has a passion for Christian spiritual formation drawing from the ancient spiritual traditions of the Apostles, and Christian sages through the ages. He is also a vowed oblate of the contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich.
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