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<July 13, 2016>

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.4

Daily Devotional: St. Joseph Gift of the Holy Spirit: Courage, Fortitude—firm resolution to pursue holiness despite obstacles. Proclamation of Faith: “I believe in the Holy Catholic Church.” The Blessed Mother: In imitation of the Blessed Mother, may we all fulfill our duty by living our vocation. May all Christians share the vocation of beatitude. Jesus: Jesus served the poor, the sick, the sinners. May we imitate Him in our eagerness to serve others.
Glorious Characteristic: Agility—we will have complete freedom of movement, our souls will direct our bodies without hindrance. (Luke 24:15,31,36) Spiritual Work of Mercy: Be patient with those in error. Corporal Work of Mercy: Visit the sick. Sacrament: Marriage Commandment:
  1. You shall not commit adultery.
Thought for the Day: “Preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary use words.” — St. Francis. Let your actions depict the beatitudes.

Today’s Reading

The Power of the Seed the Word

Then one morning in prime while we were singing Psalm 17 and we came to the verse “et eduxit me in latitudinem: salvum me fecit, quoniam voluit me,” I suddenly knew that this was an important verse. I could feel in my heart that it had meaning for me.

After the office, I sought out Mother Columba and asked her what the verse meant. She slowly translated: “’Et eduxit me in’ means ‘and the Lord has led me into’; ‘latitudinem,’ an ‘open space,’ a ‘free space’; ‘salvum me fecit,’ ‘and he has given me this salvation’; ‘quoniam voluit me,’ ‘because he loved me.’ It’s simple, Sister. God sets you free because he loves you.” That was exactly what I had felt when I was singing.

That was the key that opened the office to me. I used to hear sisters say, “I love lauds; if I can get to lauds my whole day is better,” or “Without compline, I feel I have not ended the day well,” and I would wonder what they meant by that. Now I thought of the scene in “The Miracle Worker” when young Helen Keller realizes the connection between the word she had learned only by rote and the actual thing it represented—water. I could identify with that moment. I knew that if I could stay with it and truly pray the office, the significance would come through. Chanting the office finally allowed me to comprehend each hour of the day in answer to the question: Why am I doing this? Why am I sweeping the floor? Why am I lifting rocks? When you come to the office you have the opportunity to bring to consciousness the fact that you are doing this in praise of God.

Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B. Magnificat July 2014 Vol 16, No. 5, Page 167

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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.


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.