Originally Posted by GEddie
Poor in spirit does not mean financially poor.
There is nothing eternally admirable about poverty as we understand it.
By all means, ask a priest or consult a Biblical dictionary about "poor in spirit.". By this sinner's understanding is that it refers to a consciousness of lacking the means to life everlasting in ourselves, and a need for Heavenly mercy.
Being materially poor can lead to that. But it is neither necessary mor sufficient.
God Bless, ICXC NIKA
Two Church teachings:
- Baptism is NECESSARY for salvation (but does not ensure it)
- There is no salvation outside the Catholic Church
How can someone be baptised and a Catholic?
- Sacramental Baptism as a Catholic
- Baptism of Blood (non-Catholic dying for the Catholic faith)
- Baptism of desire - Explicit (those who want to know more about Christ and have the desire to get baptised but die before scaramental baptism - e.g.those in RCIA)
- Baptism of Desire - Implicit (those who may (not will) be saved through invincible ignorance meaning those who through no fault of their own do not know Christ, his Gospel and his Church but nevertheless in that ignorance still live a life in accordance with Christ's teachings)
You may debate who is captured under invincible ignorance but outside the above four forms of baptism there is no salvation.
Not all Catholics are saved but everyone in Heaven is Catholic.