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Poor, Yes, But Not Pitiful.
After Holy Communion, I saw the Lord Jesus, who said these words to me: "Today, penetrate into the spirit of My poverty and arrange everything in such a way that the most destitute will have no reason to envy you. I find pleasure, not in large buildings and magnificent structures, but in a pure and humble heart."
— Diary of St. Faustina, 532
It's interesting that in the Diary of St. Faustina, the words "poor" and "poverty" are used almost habitually. Saint Faustina writes of her "poor soul," of "poor sinners," her "poor heart," her "poor soul," of "poor humans," even of "poor earth." Why poor? Because that's the condition of humanity when it's separated from God.
In her words in the Magnificat, Mary reminds us that God favors the weak and lowly over the proud, powerful, and wealthy. And in her maternal, protective manner, Mary reminds us where God can be found. Not among the lavish and wealthy, but among the plain and simple. Not in the places of power, but among the humble and broken.
Through St. Faustina, Christ tells us that it is in poverty and neediness that we see God — in our own neediness and poverty and in the neediness and poverty of others. No matter how rich we are, we remain poor until we possess and cultivate love. And the greatest of all loves is that of our love for God.