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Wednesday

<June 6, 2018>

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

Feast Day of St. Norbert

Norbert was born in 1080 into a wealthy family. He grew up in and around the royal court and become a subdeacon in his hometown church in Xanten. He treated his ordination the way some politicians treat their elections, as a means to lobbyist riches and power.

Norbert paid another to do his parish duties so he could devote himself to gaining influence with the emperor. He succeeded in becoming a chaplain and counselor to Henry V.

Norbert’s life changed when he was nearly killed by a lightning bolt. He left his position and his wealth behind and set out to become a missionary preacher. Like John the Baptist, he preached repentance and moral reform. He advocated for the powerless serfs. And, in a violent time, he preached peace. Indeed, St. Norbert is a patron of all those who work for peace.

Norbert was influenced by the Cistercian reforms of the Benedictine order. He was moved by the simplicity of their churches and their lives. He saw the goodness in their set hours of manual labor and sung prayer.

In 1120, Norbert drew like-minded men around him and, on Christmas day of that year, he established the Canons Regular of Premontre. Most people know them as the Norbertines. They began a community which keeps to this day the rare combination of active ministry in the world with the full sung office observed in the abbey.

The Norbertines grew rapidly, and in the words of Pope Adrian IV, “it spread its branches from sea to sea.” Later centuries would be less kind to the order. From the French Revolution in 1790 to the Spanish revolution in 1833, Nobertine houses were shut and suppressed in France, Belgium, the French-occupied Rhine and Spain.

The order was decimated, but it survived and began a revival when Holland split from Belgium, and, under a declaration of religious freedom, allowed the Belgian Nobertines to found a new abbey. That Dutch abbey is the founding parent of three Nobertine houses in the U.S.

Norbert, who died in 1134, is a strikingly contemporary saint. In a time of endless war, his is a voice for peace. In a time when young men and women are encouraged to strive for power and prestige, his life is an example of joy and influence found only after careerism is shed. And, in a time when garment workers in Pakistan are virtual slaves, Norbert’s voice for the voiceless serfs needs to be heard, again, “from sea to sea.”

St. Norbert, pray for us.

Melissa Musick http://thecatholiccatalogue.com/feast-of-st-norbert/

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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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