"Because we become what we love, we will ourselves become truly poor only by loving poverty and the poor. "Who is weak and I am not weak?" says St. Paul. He might have continued: "Who is poor and I am not poor?" Love makes us like those we love. If then we truly love the poor, truly enter into their poverty, we will be poor with them.
We cannot love the poor by keeping our distance, but only by being with them, by visiting them, by talking freely, openly with them, by being with them in the church, on the street, wherever poverty leads, wherever need is present. Speak with everyone out of your own poverty, but let your hands be rich, sharing freely of what you have.
Blessed are they who are thus poor, for theirs truly is the kingdom of heaven. To them the King of Kings who is King of the Poor will say on the day of judgment: "I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked, and you covered me. Come posses the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world.:
[Lord, I offer you] the poverty of my soul. Love makes us like those we love and you have loved me. You have not kept your distance. You have entered into my poverty. You have greeted me with a full hand. You have gone where poverty drew you. Let me follow in your steps."
(Set Your Heart Free, The Practical Spirituality of Francis de Sales)