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69. Beatitudes

1. The beatitudes pronounced by our Lord in his sermon onthe Mount are acts rather than habits of the soul. Hence thebeatitudes differ from the virtues and from the gifts, all of whichare habits.

2. The rewards (the blessedness) promised in thebeatitudes are not exclusively for enjoyment in heaven; some ofthem at least may have a beginning in this present life. Forrewards that can be perfectly enjoyed in the perfect state of manin heaven, may, in some measure, be partially enjoyed in thepresent and imperfect state of man on earth.

3. The beatitudes are suitably enumerated in scripture.They seem to carry man from the things of sense, through the activelife, to contemplation. First, man is taught not to seek happinessin the things of sense-riches, honors, self-indulgence; he is to bepoor in spirit, meek, mourning. Next, man is directed towardshappiness in his activity with reference to his neighbor; he is tothirst after justice, he is to be merciful. Finally, man is toprepare for contemplation, for seeing God; he is to be clean ofheart, he is to be a peacemaker.

4. The rewards promised in the beatitudes-kingdom ofheaven, land (of the living), fullness of justice, mercy obtained,sight of God, full status as children of God-all these rewards areto be obtained perfectly in heaven; they are included inthe perfect happiness of heaven. It is suitable that these phasesof the perfect heavenly reward should be enumerated in thebeatitudes for our better understanding.

"Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor. No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"Let no one wear a mask, otherwise he will do ill; and if he has one, let him burn it."
St Philip Neri

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"It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides. "
Thomas á Kempis

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