Obtaining the Promises of the Beatitudes

“By the acts of the seven virtues which we perform under the impulse and with the help of the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost we acquire likewise the eight beatitudes of which our Lord spoke in the Sermon on the Mount.”

1. “The gift of fear and the virtue of temperance make us truly ‘poor in spirit’ by mortifying our pride and our desire of earthly goods, and thus secure to us the kingdom of God, with its sublime sovereignty and abundant riches.”

2. “By the gift of piety and the virtue of justice we practise true meekness, live in peace and harmony with our fellow-men, and thus deserve undisturbed possession of the land of promise.”

3. “By the gift of knowledge and the virtue of prudence we acquire holy sorrow, and perceiving the vanity of earthly things and of false reasonings, we seek peace of mind and comfort in God alone.”

4. “The gift of fortitude and the virtue of holy zeal will create in us a growing hunger and thirst after justice, which will hereafter be satisfied by God with all heavenly blessings.”

5. “The gift of counsel, by which the virtue of hope is increased and confirmed, will induce us to practise mercy towards our neighbour, in order that we may find mercy from God.”

6. “The gift of understanding and the virtue of faith plunge our heart in the Divine light, purify it evermore from sensual attachments, and thus procure for us that purity of heart which makes us worthy of seeing God face to face in heaven.”

7. “Finally, the gift of wisdom and the virtue of charity tend to unite us ever more intimately with God and with our neighbour in the enjoyment of the highest good, which implies that peace which makes us true and perfect children of God.”

Quotations from Alice Lady Lovat, The Marvels of Divine Grace: Meditations Based on the “Glories of Divine Grace” (Original Treatise by Fr. Nieremberg, S.J., Entitled “Del Aprecio y Estima de la Divina Gracia”) (London: R. & T. Washbourne, Ltd., 1917).

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