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Wednesday

<October 14, 2015>

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.4

Daily Devotional: St. Joseph Gift of the Holy Spirit: Courage, Fortitude—firm resolution to pursue holiness despite obstacles. Proclamation of Faith: “I believe in the Holy Catholic Church.” The Blessed Mother: In imitation of the Blessed Mother, may we all fulfill our duty by living our vocation. May all Christians share the vocation of beatitude. Jesus: Jesus served the poor, the sick, the sinners. May we imitate Him in our eagerness to serve others.
Glorious Characteristic: Agility—we will have complete freedom of movement, our souls will direct our bodies without hindrance. (Luke 24:15,31,36) Spiritual Work of Mercy: Be patient with those in error. Corporal Work of Mercy: Visit the sick. Sacrament: Marriage Commandment:
  1. You shall not commit adultery.
Thought for the Day: “Preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary use words.” — St. Francis. Let your actions depict the beatitudes.

Today’s Reading

Faith is Acknowledging a Presence

Monsignor Luigi Giussani describes faith as the acknowledgment of a Presence. The Christian faith is more than commemoration; “it means acknowledging the operative or operating presence of the Mystery, of the Father in our life. But the way in which the Father works is called Christ, and therefore the Church, and therefore communion among us.” My faith is in Jesus Christ who is acting in my life through the members of his Church in the here and now, then my awareness of myself and of the people and circumstances of my life begins to change radically. At this point faith becomes life.

Saint Paul bears witness to what Giussani shows to be the essence of faith. Paul’s conversion occurs when he encounters the risen Christ directly, but how does his faith continue from there? He is put into relationship with other Christians, and Paul recognizes that it is through these disciples of Christ that God is present and operating in his life. Ananias baptizes him; Barnabas, Silas, Luke and others travel with him; Lydia offers him hospitality. Paul’s acknowledgment of Christ’s continued presence will change the way he looks at even the most difficult of circumstances, recognizing God’s operative hand in everything he faces. Paul doesn’t merely suffer the shipwreck near Malta, he faithfully lives it as a God-given opportunity to proclaim Christ in a new place. His faith is his acknowledgment and ready response to Christ as the giver of this seeming disaster.

Paul sees himself in a new light as well. He knows frail as he is, that he carries the treasure of God’s presence in the earthen vessel of his humanity. He understood the great affliction that the presbyters of Ephesus held for him was because he had become one with Christ, in loving Paul they were loving Jesus. His weaknesses don’t lead Paul to doubt Christ’s presence with and thorough him.

Benedict XVI has reminded us that the Church is called here and now to “reveal in the world, faithfully, although with shadows, the mystery of its Lord until, in the end, it shall be manifested in full light.”

We await the fulness of the end, but we live now in the midst of internal and external shadows, and Christ enters reality as it is to be with us now. Let us live the faith of Saint Paul, Luigi Giussani, and Benedict XVI in acknowledging Christ’s active presence in the fleshly, earthly, shadowy present where each of us is living now.

Father Richard Veras Magnificat, The Year of Faith Companion The Year of Faith Companion, January 16, pages 110-111

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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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