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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.

"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
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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"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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