I have taken a vow of holy poverty. No, I didn’t sell everything I own. But I have simplified my lifestyle and I’m learning to be content with what I need to be who I am in Christ. The discipline of simplicity is the beginning of holy poverty.
Simplicity invites us to be focused on the present moment and to be satisfied with an ordinary life. We learn to live in the present, understanding that worries about the future are only vanity. Our attention is on the presence of Christ, people around us, and the work at hand. As Jesus said, “Today has enough trouble of it’s own.”
Learning to be content with an ordinary life requires humility. We do what the Father has given us to do and we use what the Father has provided. What we do, what we eat, and what we wear are guided by the wisdom spiritual discernment rather than ego or status.
My vow of holy poverty reminds me of these things. It shapes who I am in Christ.
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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