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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

Praying “Our Father”

Above and beyond all the titles, they attributed to Christ, such as Messiah, King, Prophet, etc., the Apostles, and especially Saint John and Saint Paul, present him to us emphatically as the “one sent from God,” the personal “gift” of God to men. “Yes, God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that every man who believes may not perish.” And Saint Paul remarked: “he who did not spare his own Son and delivered him up for us, how can he not grant us all the rest?”

Christ is, above all, the Son given to the world. Therefore, his prayer is addressed necessarily to the one from whom he proceeds, the one who sent him: the Father. It always begins with an invocation of this paternity, which, in God, is the source of what he is for [people]. Thus, our Lord teaches us to whom we should address our prayer: he to whom we pray is the Father, and more exactly “the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ.” The Father is the One who sent him, and who gave him to the world. It is from his grace, grace as Son and First-Born, that his prayer arises. “As my Father loved me…” He to whom our Lord prays is the One who showed his love for [people] by a gift: the gift of the Son given over to us in the Incarnation. This explains why the first movement of this prayer involves an act of thanksgiving, praise, a “blessing,” with all the nuances that such an invocation can have: from amazement at the gift made to the little ones (Luke 10:21-22) to ultimate confidence (Luke 23:34-36). In such an act of thanksgiving, Saint Paul summarizes all prayer: “and because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba, Father!’ (Gal 4:6 and Rom 8:15).

Father Bernard Bro, O.P. Magnificat October 2012 Vol. 14, No. 8, Pages 141-142

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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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