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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

“…When the thief was coming…”

To know God is the highest form of knowledge, and it constitutes that blessedness for which we put ourselves in God’s service, so that we may know him and Jesus Christ, whom he sent. Jesus Christ cannot be known, however, except as he was hanging on the cross, when the thief on the cross beside him confessed his sins and exclaimed: “Remember me, Lord, when you come into your kingdom.”

We are thieves who try to steal ourselves from God and desire instead to turn to nothingness, even though we are not able to be nothing. We wish to hide from God’s sight, even though it has been written of him: “If I ascend into heaven,” and so on.

Thieves also kill, and they bury the corpse in the ground to conceal the murder. Likewise we too are murderers, since we kill our soul, which is far dearer than our body. We put earth over it by gazing longingly at earthly things to hide the fact that when we are occupied with earthly desires, we are actually dead. Nor can we come to our senses, so long as we delude ourselves by blaming what we do on the weakness of the flesh, or indulge ourselves by depending too much on God’s mercy. Putting aside our thievery, therefore, let us hang on the cross of Christ, confessing our wretchedness to him and, with full devotion of heart, begging his mercy.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux Magnificat October 2012 Vol. 14, No. 8, Page 331

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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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