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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

The Ascension

The Ascension contains the great mystery of why Jesus must visibly leave his disciples, thus creating a physical void in their midst. What they most greatly love—their risen Master— can no longer be seen, heard, or touched. Before departing “to heaven” (the place from which power will come), he blesses them with the hands that show the wounds of the cross. As blood had poured out of them forty days before, now light and blessing pour from them as Jesus’ final, visible deed on this earth. This event marks a major turning point in the story of Jesus’ relationship with mankind, because this blessing is as if Jesus were saying to them: “I leave for heaven so that your own hands may now become my hands, your deeds my deeds, your heart my heart.” How else can we explain their great joy in returning to Jerusalem?

The promise of the Holy Spirit and the blessing by Jesus’ hands have communicated the certainty to them that, even in leaving them visibly, he is not abandoning them but rather making room interiorly for them to be what they have seen him to be—by now having the same Father as he and the same Spirit animating their lives. They must now themselves become what they have learned to admire and love

In other words, Jesus now ceases to be but one person in physical body among many in the world so that the Church corporately and in every individual member can become the presence of his Body on earth. Jesus disappears as single individual in order to fill the whole world with his presence. From now on, those who want to see Jesus, the Messiah, will have to look to the Church and her members —for better or for worse.

Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis, now known as Brother Simeon. Magnificat May 2012 Vol 14, No. 3, Page 248-9

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Mission

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.

Content

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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