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Thursday

<April 11, 2019>

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.5

Daily Devotional: The Holy Eucharist/Priesthood Gift of the Holy Spirit: Counsel—the gift that assists decision making and helps to guard against rashness; as an interior guide, it assists one to counsel others and to extend compassion to them. Proclamation of Faith: “I believe in the Communion of Saints.” The Blessed Mother: In imitation of the Blessed Mother after the passion, may we refrain from judging others. Mary’s example was an encouragement to the apostles. Jesus: In imitation of Jesus, may we treat all those we encounter with kindness.
Glorious Characteristic: Quality—our bodies will be youthful and will retain our original gender. (Practice seeing all as a child of God.) (Rev 1:12-18) Spiritual Work of Mercy: Counsel the doubtful. Corporal Work of Mercy: Bury the dead. Sacrament: Holy Orders Commandment:
  1. You shall not steal.
Thought for the Day: Padre Pio: “Pray, hope and don’t worry.”

Today’s Reading

Feast Day of St. Leo the Great

Pope and Doctor of the Church (A.S. 461)

“The sagacity of Leo I, his successful defense of the Catholic faith against heresy, as well as his political intervention with Attila the Hun and Generic the Vandal, raised the prestige of the Holy See to unprecedented heights and earned for him the title of ‘the Great’, a distinction accorded by posterity to only two other popes, St Gregory I and St Nicholas I…
Amongst the sermons of St Leo which have been preserved is one which he preached on the festival of St Peter and St Paul, not long after the retreat of Attila. He begins by contrasting the fervor of the Romans at the moment of their deliverance with their increasing forgetfulness, and reminds them of the ingratitude of the nine lepers. “Therefore, my beloved’ he goes on to say, ‘lest you incur the like reproach, return to the Saviour: remember the marvels He has wrought amongst you. Beware of attributing your deliverance to the stars, as some people impiously do, but refer it only to the boundless mercy of God who softened the furious hearts of the barbarians. Your past negligence must be atoned for by an expiation which exceeds the offense, Let us use the respite accorded by our kind Master to work at amending our lives, so that St Peter and all the saints who have succored us in countless afflictions may second the tender supplications which we address on your behalf to the God of mercy through our Lord Jesus Christ.’”

Edited, Revised and Supplemented by Herbert j. Thurston, S.J. and Donald Attwater Christian Classics Westminster, Maryland 1990 Butler’s Lives of the Saints, Volume II, page 67

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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.

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