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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

“Jesus went off to a deserted place and prayed”

Each and every solitude throws us back upon ourselves and God, on our extreme poverty and God’s immense love and merciful kindness. In this being made to rely exclusively on God’s saving entry into the solitude, the faith in our heart is burrowed out and an unsuspected depth of our being is laid bare; that core of ourself where prayer is already given to us. It was in the wilderness, surely, that water flowed from the rock (Ex 17:6), that rock which is Jesus himself (1 Cor 10:4).

How this process should be achieved in us will be clearer if we look again for a moment at how it was with Jesus. For Jesus too learned something from solitude. His full stature as a man he first acquired and exercised in the desert…

We might even say that the wilderness is, as it were, a microcosm, a sort of world in miniature where the world’s final purpose is portrayed and made a matter of experience. First by Jesus in person, and after him by the people of God, the Church, insofar as in one way or another she feels the solitude, the loneliness, of her position as a diaspora in the world…

Solitude shuts a man off from everything else and takes him back to his own nothingness. No outward show can help him any more. Every superficial prop, every distraction, has gone. A person stands defenseless before God, that is to say, in that poverty and weakness which are his only asset. Before solitude brings him to the encounter with God, it first teaches him his limitations, his abysmal insignificance…

In a sense the effect of solitude is a secularizing one: it gives release from many false ideas and illusions, from myth of every kind. It teaches one how to be an ordinary human being, frail and in need of help.

Father Andre Louf, O.C.S.O. Magnificat January 2011 Vol. 12, No. 11, Pages 165-166

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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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