Add to this that greed is one of the vices that does the greatest damage in the Church, our Institute’s spirit, which is one of atonement, leads us to offer to God the compensation for this vice, by adopting voluntary poverty, as the saints have done before us.
1818 Rule, Part Two, Chapter One. §1. The Spirit of Poverty.
Eugene’s call is to an oblation, a giving of self, to show that only one thing is needed: “More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:8)
Stated in different words today:
Our choice of poverty compels us to enter into a closer communion with Jesus and with the poor, to contest the excesses of power and wealth and to proclaim the coming of a new world freed from selfishness and open to sharing.
CC&RR, Constitution 20
“The cross is the standing statement of what we do to one another and to ourselves. The resurrection is the standing statement of what God does to us in return.” Richard Rohr, Easter 2012