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<May 23, 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. Giovanni Battista de Rossi

St. Giovanni Battista de Rossi was one of four children born to Charles de Rossi and Frances Anfossi. He was taken by a wealthy noble couple to Genoa, Italy for schooling. There he met some Capuchin friars who thought well of him, and helped him continue his education in Rome, Italy. He studied under the Jesuits at the Roman College at age 13. He was a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin and the Ristretto of the Twelve Apostles. He was epileptic; his self-imposed acts of austerity nearly broke his health, and he never completely regained his strength. Giovanni studied philosophy and theology under the Dominicans. He was ordained on 3 March 1721, and assigned to Rome.

He helped start a hospice for homeless women near Saint Galla’s hospice in Rome. He was appointed canon of Santa Maria, Cosmedin in 1737; he used his compensation from the position to purchase an organ for the church. Giovanni was missioner and catechist to the teamsters, farmers, herdsmen, homeless, sick, beggars, prostitutes, and prisoners of the Campagna region. For many years, John avoided hearing confessions for fear he would have a seizure in the confessional, but the bishop of Civit√° Castellana convinced him it was part of his vocation. John relented, and soon became a sought after confessor in Rome; he once said that the shortest road to heaven was to guide others there by the confessional. He was sought after as a preacher, and assigned as catechist to many government and prison officials, including the public hangman. He was a miracle worker and always had a special devotion to Saint Aloysius Gonzaga.

St. Giovanni Battista de Rossi, pray for us.


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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.