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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

The Certainty of Nathaniel

“Faith derives its certitude from outside the properly intellectual order, in the order of factors pertaining to the will” (Saint Thomas Aquinas). This need be no stumbling block; by certitude is meant objective evidence and firmness of assent: I am sure of possessing what is true because I see it. Faith is certain, and thus I am sure of possessing what is true; yet I do not see it. Why then am I sure? Because I am united to Someone who sees. Faith is certain, not because it comprises the evidence of a thing seen, but because it is the assent to a Person who sees.

This is just what we would expect. If the essential in faith is not primarily the fragmentary truths, but the Person to whom we tend through these truths—“Him to whose word we assent”—it is quite clear that our certitude will be based on this Person. For it is this Person and he alone, who sees the truths, and who can therefore give our knowledge a solid foundation. As Saint Thomas puts it in an extremely precise formula: The full affirmation does not proceed from the vision of the believer, but from the vision of him in whom one believes. Faith is an assent to the First Truth, that is, to an Infallible Person.

The certitude of faith will consequently be inferior in its evidence to other forms of certitude; but it will be superior to them in “firmness”—that is to say, it will be superior to them in so far as “certitude” implies assuredness in the possession of the truth coupled with fullness of assent.

Abbe Jean Mouroux Magnificat August 2013 Vol. 15, No. 6, Pages 336-337

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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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