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(STATUTE Ch. 2 - Evangelical Poverty)

2,3 EVANGELICAL POVERTY (cf. CIC 600) voluntarily embraced, to set oneself to the "sequela Christi" [following of Christ] (cf. PC 13), is lived always "cum Deo et cum Ecclesia" [with God and with the Church], in the imitation of Christ, who once rich became poor to make many rich through his poverty (cf. 2 Cor. 8:9).

Jesus made himself needy even for physical water from the Samaritan woman, with the aim of being able to give her the spiritual water that springs forth for eternal life (cf. Jn. 4:7-14ff). We live such poverty, in reference to the celestial Treasure that Jesus has promised us (cf. Mt. 19:21, 27-29), entrusting ourselves daily to Divine providence as a challenge to the materialism which is greedy for possession and in the hope that those who see us can open themselves, not only to listening to the Word of God, but also to the love of the Church, of her ministers, and of the Sacraments administered by them.

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2,4 IN ORDER THAT THE CHOICE OF POVERTY (or rather our concrete detachment from material things) may not only be affective (cf. 1 Tim. 6:10) but also effective (cf. Mt. 19:21), for the greater glory of God and the salvation of the most souls possible, it must be lived out in the manner of the Apostles (cf. Mt. 19:27-29; Acts 2:44-45) and of Francis of Assisi, of the teaching of the Council of Vienna and of the Pontifical Magisterium, to avoid distractions from contemplation and prayer (cf. Acts 6:2), so to be able to better distinguish was is really the will of God (cf. Mt. 7:21; Col. 1:9) from simple human initiatives.

2,5 WITH OUR EVANGELICAL POVERTY WE CAN ATTRACT MANY SOULS who are intrigued by it, with the aim of dialoguing more easily with them and making them reflect on the beauty of the Catholic Church and on the fundamental importance of the Sacramental life (cf. John 4:7-15) which gives the fullness of salvation (cf. Lk. 1:77; CCC 868; UR 3).



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