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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.7

Daily Devotional: The Blessed Virgin Mary Gift of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom—the gift of contemplative reflection on, and love for, divine things. It enables one to assess the world by revealed truths and instills peace in the soul. Proclamation of Faith: “I believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.” The Blessed Mother: May we experience God’s protection as Mary did, by imitating her obedience to God’s Will. Protection Through Obedience. Jesus: The life of Christ exemplified prudence, always seeking to do God’s Will alone. May we do the same.
Glorious Characteristic: Impassability—we will be immune from death and pain. (Rev 21:4, I Cor 15:50-57) Spiritual Work of Mercy: Forgive offenses. Corporal Work of Mercy: Give drink to the thirsty. Sacrament: Anointing of the Sick Commandments:
  1. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
  2. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
Thought for the Day: Blessed Virgin Mary: “Do whatever He tells you.”

Today’s Reading

Love and Commandments

“If you observe my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have perfectly observed my Father’s commandments and remain in his love…”

Since God and Christ have taken the initiative in love, only one question faces the disciple: how to remain in unchanging charity? Jesus explains—by observing the commandments. The Septuagint had already taught that agape and fidelity are correlatives, if not synonyms. To love God is to belong to him exclusively, to serve him and obey him. In saying, “Observe my commandments,” Jesus is calling on the personal charity of the disciples; you will live in my love by loving me in return with the true and effective love of fidelity and union of wills.

The words “precept” and “commandment” are ambiguous in that they stress constraint and obligation, but the example of The Lord—which proves that this fidelity is not impossible or superhuman—makes their meaning clearer.

According to John 4:34 and 8:29, Jesus had only one desire, to do his Father’s will; he did exactly what would please God. His whole life was directed by the agreement of their wills, in the smallest details as well as in the supreme sacrifice (Luke 22:42), and that is why the Father loved him (John 10:17) and why Jesus remains for ever in his love (the verb meno is in the present). Obedience is the expression and manifestation of love.

Far from imposing too heavy a burden on his disciples (1 Jn 5:3), The Lord is telling them the secret of his pure and simple joy: “I have told you this, that my joy may be yours, and your joy may be perfect” (John 15:11). Jesus gives the example of perfect charity. Not only does his love abide in the love of the Father, not only does it root itself there, prove itself (John 13:1), and give itself for ever to the disciples, but also it reveals to them how they can love in their turn in response to his kindness. Going further, it reveals its most intimate secrets.

Father Ceslaus Spicq, O.P. Magnificat May 2012 Vol 14, No. 3, Page 175

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We could find no better way to describe the purpose of Daily Beatitude than the Prologue of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 1:

God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life.

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We are called to live in beatitude. This contemplation is one designed to help us incorporate the beatitudes into our day. This work is not one of absolutes. It is just one way to incorporate the countenance of Jesus into each day. It is not the only way. View our rationale.

Each day a different beatitude is presented with several points of focus that provide meditation. An additional reading is included daily related to the beatitude or one of the points of focus. All readings are archived for your convenience.

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