How often do we hear stories of people who have hit rock bottom be it with drugs, alcohol, gambling, crime, etc. and find God? The word spirit in the first beatitude could easily be substituted for ego. Many people are “hard wired” and often need to reach such a low point in their life before they realize that their search for happiness has let them down. God is always merciful and since we are loved beyond any imagination, thankfully we come to the conclusion that true happiness is found in God. So Jesus hits the nail on the head when he states, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” Thank God.