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Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God.1

Daily Devotional: The Holy Trinity/The Resurrection Gift of the Holy Spirit: Fear of the Lord—a gift of reverence for God. Proclamation of Faith: “I believe in God the Father.” The Blessed Mother: In imitation of the Blessed Mother, we are called to the humility she possessed at the Annunciation. Jesus: In imitation of Jesus, we are called to the humility He showed at becoming man.
Glorious Characteristic: Subtlety—our bodies will be free from restraint by matter, yet palpable. (John 20:19-23) Spiritual Work of Mercy: Pray for the living and the dead Corporal Work of Mercy: Feed the hungry Sacrament: Baptism Commandments:
  1. I am the Lord Your God; you shall not have strange gods before Me.
  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
Thought for the Day: Blessed Virgin Mary: “Let it be done to me according to Your Word.”

Today’s Reading

Becoming Perfect as the Father

The purpose of prayer is perhaps less to obtain what we ask, than to become someone else. We should go further and say that asking something from God transforms us, little by little, into people capable of sometimes doing without what they ask for.

Let us not attempt to state too quickly and a priori the laws regarding the transformation of our desires and the orientation of our lives. It will be different for each person. The stages will be as diverse as the movement of a river, where everything depends so much on the territory traversed. On each man’s journey, there will be meanderings, those times when we do not seem to be moving ahead, and also huge gaps and the call of the estuary. Let us not be surprised that there are “ages” in the life of prayer as there are in the life of man. Here and there, the interplay between desire and a sense of the real and the situation at hand that varies according to the past and future, shape the major parts of a man’s life, just as graces and temptations do. But whatever his age, true prayer will always be effective in preserving the infinite that man desires and the image he has of a God who calls him, by protecting him against the illusion of false haste and against a retreat occasioned by pessimism and a feeling of abandonment.

Now we understand why God seems to delay; not in order to test us arbitrarily, but to compel our desire to become more intense and to become truly like his. While we judge such delays with our eyes and according to our defeats, God judges them according to reality.

This is why only he is effective. The education he gives, his pedagogy, is not an unjustifiable sport, which is gratuitous and of no value. If God takes his time, he does so for our sake. Because of the unusually delicate nature of his love, he does not want to effect our happiness without us, but wants to produce it from within to make us work at it and to give it to us only after exhausting the possibilities of our waiting. “God fashions us with our help.” Because of love, God cannot fail to take into account that desire which he placed in us to serve as an aid to his giving.

The purpose of prayer is to bring this desire, which leaves a man restless and disturbed, to becoming a feeling of hope, guaranteed…but by an infinite effectiveness since it comes from God himself.

Father Bernard Bro O.P. Magnificat June 2012 Vol. 14, No. 4, Page 285

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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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