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Wednesday

<December 2, 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

The Holy Name of Mary

The true greatness of the Holy Name of Mary is its instrumentality in our salvation. “Just as the salvation of the world began with the Hail Mary,” explains Saint Louis de Montfort, “so the salvation of each invidual is bound up with it.” For just as the utterance of this Name “brought to a dry and barren world the Fruit of Life,” so, too, will reverently pronouncing the Holy Name of Mary in prayer “cause the Word of God to take root in the soul and bring forth Jesus, the Fruit of Life…The Hail Mary is a heavenly dew which waters the earth of our soul and makes it bear its fruit in due season.”

We recognize our need for salvation in the everyday experiences of our powerlessness and helplessness.

We require something that enables us to escape from our own inability. In our yearning for salvation, we are looking for complete fulfillment and satisfaction, for total meaning, for the answer to the ultimate questions that plague us. God chooses to give us that answer through a Virgin whom we can call by name.

William of Saint-Thierry asks, “O Lord, what else is your salvation but receiving from you the gift of loving you or being loved by you?” When we say the Name of Mary in faith, we receive the unsurpassable gift of being loved by God. Blessed Henry Suso exults, “When I pronounce the Name of Mary, I feel myself inflamed with such love and joy, that between the tears and happiness with which I pronounce this beautiful name, I feel as though my heart might leave my breast!”

Pope Benedict XVI points to this love as the hallmark of salvation: “When someone has the experience of a great love in his life, this is a moment of redemption which gives a new meaning to his life…Salvation consists, not in being immersed in namelessness, but rather in the satisfaction in seeing God’s face that will be granted to us.” The Holy Name of Mary rescues us from the abyss of namelessness.

Father Peter John Cameron, O.P. Magnificat September 2012 Vol 14, No. 7, Pages 165-166

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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.

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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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