Sunday, March 09, 2008

Beati Pauperes Spiritu

“Blessed are the poor in spirit.” – Matthew 5:3

I’ve pondered the meaning of this Beatitude and what it means for my life for quite some time. To be poor in spirit is to recognize that all we have is God’s gift: our very existence, our families, our health, our talents, our situations in life, even our successes. I often find that I give myself way too much credit for my accomplishments and successes, rather than humbly thank God for giving them to me.

Lent is coming to end; Easter is just two weeks away. I’m planning on receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation sometime before this next Sunday, Palm Sunday… the beginning of Holy Week. Typically when I examine my conscience prior to Confession, I use the Ten Commandments as a guide; however this time, I plan to use the Beatitudes enumerated by Christ as my guide. After all, the Beatitudes are at the heart of Christ's preaching and are His guidelines for one to receive the Kingdom.

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