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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

Worshiping the Lord of the Sabbath

If we let the liturgy mold us, forming our days and weeks and years, not dragging it into the turmoil of our superficial emotions, but letting it gently and firmly, draw us into its own rhythm, then we will find in it a true school of Christian living, a source of wisdom and inspiration, and more and more we shall find that it is not just an interruption of the day, but its very heart.

And the heart of that heart is, of course, the Mass, in which we bring ourselves symbolically in the bread and wine, offering ourselves in them on the altar, for the Lord to say to us “this is my Body,” so that everything that is in us may be caught up into that divine reality, that human-divine reality, of the body of Christ. This requires of us a complete surrender of self; if the Lord says “this is my Body,” it is no longer open to us to say “it is my body.” Once again the fundamental gesture is one of giving ourselves into the hands of God, but here it is most perfectly and completely expressed. In the Mass we present ourselves totally to him, and then receive ourselves back, transformed and consecrated, not as we were before in ourselves, but as we are in Christ, hidden and renewed. At the invitation to communion in the ancient liturgies the priest says “the holy things for the holy people”: the whole event is one great act of transubstantiation, making both us and the elements holy. It is not that we can claim to be holy in ourselves; but we have offered our unholiness, our sinfulness, and the Lord has accepted that offering and made it his own, uniting it with the mystery of his sacrificial death, in which death is destroyed, and with the mystery of his resurrection, that mystery of divine invincibility. The very unholiness and sinfulness that we offer is “transubstantiated” into the holiness and righteousness of God.

Father Simon Tugwell, O.P. Magnificat January 2011 Vol. 12, No. 11, Pages 265-266

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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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