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Happy Are the Blessed – Part 4 of 4

Father Geiermann concludes his discussion of the Beatitudes, and how the practice of the virtues contained therein leads to one’s happiness. Christ said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God” (Matt 5:9). Father Geiermann … Continue reading

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Happy Are the Blessed – Part 3 of 4

Father Geiermann discusses how the practice of the virtues contained in the Beatitudes leads to happiness. Christ said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Matt 5:7). Father Geiermann comments: “The first commandment is, indeed, to love God … Continue reading

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Happy Are the Blessed – Part 2 of 4

Father Geiermann continues his analysis of the Beatitudes, demonstrating how the practice of the virtues contained therein leads to one’s happiness. Christ said, “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matt 5:4). Father Geiermann comments: “Suffering is … Continue reading

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Happy Are the Blessed – Part 1 of 4

Father Geiermann has stated that the object of our union with God is our happiness. He shows how we attain various degrees of happiness by practicing the virtues Christ recommended in the Beatitudes. He explains: “The Beatitudes are both the … Continue reading

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Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Father Pegues continues his discussion of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching on the virtues by mentioning the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. We have need of the three theological virtues and the four cardinal morals virtues in order to … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes

St. Augustine of Hippo in his commentary on the Sermon on the Mount (II, 11) shows a correlation between the seven petitions of the Lord’s Prayer (Mt 6:9-13) and the Beatitudes (Mt 5:1-12). First, concerning the petition “Our Father which … Continue reading

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Gifts and Beatitudes

St. Augustine of Hippo shows how the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit correspond to the first seven Beatitudes (Mt 5:3-9), and how these seven are contained in the Eighth Beatitude (Mt 5:10). He says: “Here the first place is … Continue reading

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