It's not so much that poverty is a virtue in itself as that material possessions can easily stand between a person and God. At the very least, even an atheist should be able to recognize that material obsession tends to skew a person's priorities and tie him to things that do not ultimately matter.
But that is just from your already biased opinion, i.e., that there actually is a God. My belief is that after death, nothing
ultimately matters. But I perhaps have the best of both sides, confirmed atheist with a dislike of possessions. I rent a furnished condo, do not own a car and if I decide to move tomorrow will take the clothes on my back, my new Mac and my iPod loaded with Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Eddy Cochran and Little Richard.
But what I like about your quote above is the Freudian slip - or is it?