In this lesson we will begin to explore how the Beatitudes reveal the distinct marks of a moral life.Preview This Lesson
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The Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity
Poor In Spirit
The first Beatitude commends the person who willingly admits the lowliness of his status when compared to God. The “poor in spirit” are often called humble, because they embrace the reality that man can do nothing without God. The moral marks of someone who is “poor in spirit” are primarily—but not limited to—the following spiritual qualities: Fear of the Lord, faithfulness, and piety.
Fear of the Lord: The “fear” in Fear of the Lord is not so much about actual fear than it is about a sense of awe and profound respect. God created us not from any need on His part, but for the specific purpose of our sharing in and enjoying His perfection. Even in our weakened nature, where we fail Him and our neighbors again and again, God gives us the means to still obtain that happy end. Those who fear the Lord are grateful for God’s goodwill towards us, and share this gratitude by word and deed. We should ask ourselves: are we in awe of God’s presence? Do we remember to genuflect each time we walk in front of the tabernacle in the Church, acknowledging the presence of God?
Faithfulness: The faithful person is one who thinks and acts as God commands. Jesus and His Blessed Mother are the only people whom we call “perfectly faithful.” The other significant people found in both the Old Testament and the New Testament made mistakes, due to their concupiscence, but are primarily known for their faithfulness to God. For us, faithfulness includes following the Commandments and living and professing the Catholic Faith.
Piety: Piety is a specific type of faithfulness. A pious person gives God the worship He deserves, and does it with a happy heart. A pious person also gives due honor and reverence to the social institutions that care for, protect, and support him. These are primarily, but not limited to, family and country. Saint Augustine, in describing piety, says this: “the term piety is often used in connection with works of mercy, in the language of the common people; the reason for which I consider to be the fact that God Himself has declared that these works are more pleasing to Him than sacrifices. This custom has led to the application of the word ‘pious’ to God Himself.” (Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, II, 101, reply to objection 2). Piety in the modern age includes the courage to profess the Catholic Faith on socia... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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