Learn about concern for the poor and Beatitudes.
To deepen our faith let us learn more from the teaching from the church contained in the catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). We learn about concern for the poor and Beatitudes.
By what is love for the poor inspired? (2443-2449, 2462-2463)
Love for the poor is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes and by the example of Jesus in his constant concern for the poor. Jesus said, “Whatever ever you have done to the least of my brethren, you have done to me” (Matthew 25:40).Love for the poor show itself through the struggle against material poverty and also against many forms of cultural, moral, and religious poverty. The spiritual and corporal works of mercy and the many charitable institutions formed throughout the centuries are a concrete witness to the preferential love for the poor which characterizes the disciples of Jesus.
What does Jesus call for in poverty of spirit? (2544-2547, 2556)
Jesus calls his disciples to prefer him to everything and everyone. Detachments from riches in the spirit of evangelical poverty-and self-abandonment to divine providence free us from anxiety about the future and prepare us for the blessedness of the “poor in spirit, for there is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3)
How do we attain Beatitude? (1716)
We attain beatitude by virtue of the grace of Christ who makes us participants in the divine life. Christ in the Gospel points out to his followers the way that leads to eternal happiness: the beatitudes. The grace of Christ also is operative in every person who, following a correct conscience, seeks and loves the true and the good and avoids evil.
Why are the beatitudes important for us? (1716-1717, 1725-1726)
The beatitudes are at the heart of Jesus preaching and they take up and fulfil the promises that GOD made starting with Abraham. They the very countenance of Jesus and they characterize authentic Christian life. They reveal the ultimate goal of human activity, which is eternal happiness.
What is the relationship between the beatitudes and our desire for happiness? (1718-1719)
The beatitudes to the innate desire for happiness that GOD has placed in the human heart in order to draw us to himself. GOD alone can satisfy this desire.
What is eternal happiness? (1720-1724, 1727-1729)
It is the vision of GOD in eternal life in which we are fully “partakers of the divine nature” (2 peter 1:4), of the glory of Christ and of the joy of the Trinitarian life. This happiness surpasses human capabilities. This promised happiness confronts us with decisive moral choices concerning earthly goods and urges to love GOD above all things.
Let Us Pray
GOD Our Father helps us to love you with all our hearts, grant us the spirit of poverty which you taught us in the beatitudes. Grant this through Christ Our lord. Amen.