“Poor in spirit” is necessary in faith and spirituality, because HUMILITY disposes a Catholic to live the mysteries of the faith and the experiences generally increase spirituality. The Holy Spirit pours His Gifts over the lowly when he accepts the Faith. The arrogant may shun the faith because he cannot grasp it with his intelligence, and the powerful may also deem the faithful dull, ignominious and pathetic.
“At that moment Jesus said: ‘My Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I am grateful that you hid all this from wise and educated people and showed it to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that is what pleased you.'” (Mt 11:25,26)
The pretentious often enjoy the pleasures and the wealth of this temporary, fragile, transient world, whereas the faithful seek primarily Grace, spirituality and God’s Kingdom. The proud can hardly tolerate Suffering, and frequently ignore the spiritual joy of the lowly, while they recognize redemptive suffering and lofty disdain.
The humble live in this world, but they are not of this world!
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)