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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.7

Daily Devotional: The Blessed Virgin Mary Gift of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom—the gift of contemplative reflection on, and love for, divine things. It enables one to assess the world by revealed truths and instills peace in the soul. Proclamation of Faith: “I believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.” The Blessed Mother: May we experience God’s protection as Mary did, by imitating her obedience to God’s Will. Protection Through Obedience. Jesus: The life of Christ exemplified prudence, always seeking to do God’s Will alone. May we do the same.
Glorious Characteristic: Impassability—we will be immune from death and pain. (Rev 21:4, I Cor 15:50-57) Spiritual Work of Mercy: Forgive offenses. Corporal Work of Mercy: Give drink to the thirsty. Sacrament: Anointing of the Sick Commandments:
  1. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
  2. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
Thought for the Day: Blessed Virgin Mary: “Do whatever He tells you.”

Today’s Reading

Saint Joseph

The mysterious greatness of Joseph within the Divine Economy lies in the fact that he is truly Mary’s spouse and, for this reason, Jesus’ father. When Joseph freely chose Mary to be his wife (for this was his heart’s first intention), he had to accept that this choice would be accomplished according to God’s will for Mary, since Mary had already offered herself entirely to her God. This is the radical purification that God demands of Joseph’s heart. His love for Mary must be offered to the Father and is only to be fulfilled in accordance with God’s will.

Surely this is what God demands of every human love: that it be supernaturalized through charity, and radically so. However, in Joseph’s case, that which ordinarily is radical and fundamental becomes explicit and present “in act.” In order for him to espouse Mary in truth, he has to live in his heart what she herself lives in relation to her God: the offering of one’s entire life in total surrender.

This requirement demands that his love as a spouse, the love he lives in his heart as a man, be sacrificed to God, so that charity can take hold of everything and become the more significant love. His love as a husband has to be radically impoverished. He becomes the guardian of the Virgin—he who bears the responsibility of keeping her hidden by taking her into his home and entering into such a closeness with her, so as to be docile to the will of the Father with her. Joseph must become a virginal husband if he is to espouse the Virgin who is consecrated to God. He truly espouses her by becoming her guardian, he who officially takes her into his home, and he does so in order to offer her personally and intimately to God, to the Father.

Father Marie-Dominique Philippe, O.P. Magnificat March 2013 Vol. 14, No. 13, Pages 295-296

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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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