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WHY IS THE ENTRANCE TO HEAVEN SO VERY LOW?

The entrance to heaven

“The gate of heaven is very low; we must lower ourselves greatly in order to enter.

Consider who they are who enter in most easily:

The humble, because they are overlooked.

The obedient, because they lower themselves daily.

The poor, because they possess nothing.

The pure in heart, because they are not attached to anything.

Patient souls, because daily suffering, borne with resignation, has made them bend under the fatherly hand of the Lord.

Lastly, charitable souls, because they despoil themselves in order to give to others.”

– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2015 in Words of Wisdom

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 5:1-12)

HOW HAPPY ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT

Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:

“How happy are the poor in spirit;
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy the gentle:
they shall have the earth for their heritage.
Happy those who mourn:
they shall be comforted.
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right:
they shall be satisfied.
Happy the merciful:
they shall have mercy shown to them.
Happy the pure in heart:
they shall see God.
Happy the peacemakers:
they shall be called sons of God.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right:
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward be great in heaven; this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS, GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 5:1-12)

REJOICE AND BE GLAD, FOR YOUR REWARD WILL BE GREAT IN HEAVEN.

Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:

“How happy are the poor in spirit;
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy the gentle:
they shall have the earth for their heritage.
Happy those who mourn:
they shall be comforted.
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right:
they shall be satisfied.
Happy the merciful:
they shall have mercy shown them.
Happy the pure in heart:
they shall see God.
Happy the peacemakers:
they shall be called sons of God.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right:
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 

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