Blessed are the Pure in Heart,
for they shall see God.
DO YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY?
What does it mean to be “blessed”? In this case, blessed comes from the Greek word, Makarios, meaning: supremely blessed, by extension fortunate, well off, blessed, happy.
When we live the message of the Beatitudes, we experience what it is like to “be blessed,” and we serve as a conduit of God’s blessing to others.
WISDOM of the saints
Those who counterfeit goodness are the ones who have a “double” heart. Only the one who rises above the praises of others will have a single, that is, a pure heart. He lives rightly, looking only in a single direction – at God – and striving to please the one who is the only Searcher of the conscience. Whatever proceeds from the purity of that conscience is more praiseworthy, the less it desires the praises of others.
~ St. Augustine
Eighth Homily on 1 John, 2
SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP
Day 6: Blessed are the pure of heart: for they shall see God.
Takeaway: To be pure in heart does not only mean free of lust, it also means being single-minded in our devotion to God. This means not caring what the “world” thinks, and holding fast to what God wants of us.
Reflection: “Love God, serve God; everything lies in that.” -St. Clare of Assisi
Challenge: How can I serve God with greater devotion today?
- Look at what you are wearing. Choose clothes that reflect that you are made in the image of God and your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, rather than caring what the world thinks.
- Evaluate the images you put before your eyes. Choose images, books, magazines, and TV that showcases the dignity of humanity and refuse those that are designed to degrade the human person and incite lust and jealousy.
- Show empathy for another by looking past the barrier they erect and seeing them as a wonderful creation of God and show them compassion and understanding.
From the catechism
Endowed with “a spiritual and immortal” soul, the human person is “the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake.” From his conception, he is destined for eternal beatitude.
The beatitude we are promised confronts us with the decisive moral choices. it invites us to purify our hearts of bad instinct and to seek the love of God above all else. It teaches us that true happiness is not found in riches or well-being, in human fame or power, or in any human achievement – however beneficial it may be – such as science, technology, and art or indeed in any creature, but in God alone, the source of every good and of all love.
Let Us Pray
All- Present and Loving Father,
Give me a pure heart to see you. Keep lust away from my heart. teach me generosity and gentleness.
Help me to see the needs of others. Never let me indulge in darkness or become enslaved to sexual sin.
Come to me, Father, and bless me with greater faith and temperance. Bring me into your kingdom! Show me happiness.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen