Throughout this week, we will be examining our lives through the lens of the Beatitudes. Every day, we will dive into the Beatitudes and use those as standards for our behavior as we examen our life and actions as they are. We’ll get to the root of our shortcomings, express our sorrow for them, and work to improve ourselves with God’s grace. Let’s begin.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.
-St. Ignatius of Loyola
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Do I cultivate a spirit of detachment from worldly goods and achievements, seeking a spirit of generosity?
Am I aware of my need for God, my dependence upon God to sustain my every breath and very life?
Do I surrender to my need for God, or try to exert control over every aspect of my life and the lives of others?
Have I put too much of the burden of my salvation upon myself, not realizing that I cannot earn it, but must make myself like a child in God’s arms, entirely dependent on God’s loving care?
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Have I noticed others in my community who are in mourning, or do I intentionally avoid those suffering out of fear of saying or doing the wrong thing?
When I see people suffering, do I allow myself to show up for them physically and emotionally, even though it makes me vulnerable or uncomfortable?
Am I willing to be vulnerable with others when I am mourning, to let them see my suffering so they might comfort me?
Have I allowed myself to mourn for painful moments in my past – so that God may gift me with comfort and healing?
Take this week to honestly examine your life and your priorities. Hold your life up to the light of Christ. Look for imperfections and shortcomings. Resolve to be open to conversion and to be better with and for the Lord.
Let Us Pray
Come, Holy Spirit, illuminate our hearts and minds so that we can see the areas of our lives that need Your healing. Amen.
For Your Inspiration
Each week, we will have a special download for each form of prayer: Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (ACTS). Download this week’s printable below.
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