THE spiritually poor need above all to have a sense of belonging and of being loved, valued, and cared for. It is only when we experience being loved, valued and cared for that we are able to love ourselves.
It is only then that we can come to love, value and care for others, and this leads to loving God. Jesus calls on us to ‘Love God, and your neighbour as yourself’(e.g. Mk.12:30,31). The spiritual journey leads from myself - the acceptance of Christ in me, through my neighbour - the experience of Christ in the world, to God - the discovery of God in Christ.
The spiritually poor need to be lead on this journey from self through the world to God, and this journey can be supported by giving them the experience of pastoral care.
Devotional practice - worship, prayer, liturgical exercises - does not equate to, or substitute for, the spiritual life. Love must come before lotu.