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One day a father of a wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the purpose of showing him how poor people can be and how the poor lived. 

They spent a day and a night on the farm of a very poor family. On their way back to their own home, father and son got into a conversation about all they had experienced while at the farm.

“What did you think of our trip to the farm,” asked the father.

“It was very good, Dad!”

“Did you see how poor people can be?” continued his father.


“And what did you learn?”

“I saw that, while we have a dog at home, they have four dogs,” the son replied. “We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden, while they have a creek that has no end. We have electric lamps in our garden, and they have a sky full of stars. Our patio goes all the way to the wall around our property. They have the whole horizon.” When the little boy was finished, his father was speechless. 

“Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we really are!”

We think that sometimes poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. 
The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. 
— Mother Teresa

The poor themselves can create a poverty-free world. 
All we have to do is to free them from the chains that we have put around them.

What do YOU see as the difference between the materially and the spiritually poor?

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