The Wealth of Poverty

“There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty [of wealth] is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality….”

Mother Teresa

Photo used with permission.

It’s been two weeks since our return from Nepal, where we met more than 500 adults and children in Kathmandu, Chitwan, Bhimpedi prison and Dhading.  In our travels to the villages affected by the 2015 earthquakes, we saw riches amidst poverty and joy amidst destruction.  The questions we asked ourselves were – what is wealth?  And what kind of wealth matters most? The answer is found in Mother Teresa’s quote which so succinctly reveals that true wealth lies in the development of the soul and not in the accumulation of things as we have been led to believe.  Have we lost our ability to see value rather than price?

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