Christ's invitation to welcome the gift of happiness that becomes eternal bliss

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THE CALL OF CHRIST TO WELCOME THE GIFT OF HAPPINESS THAT THAT BECOMES ETERNAL BLISS

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The words of the French philosopher Blaise Pascal seem suited to our being witnesses of bliss: "Happiness is neither of us, nor out of us: It is in God, that is, outside and inside us ".

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Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p.

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Dear brothers and sisters,

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Salvador Dali, The announcement, work carried out on the occasion of the opening of Vatican II

in this VIª Sunday in Ordinary Time the Liturgy of the Word gives us the Lucan text of the Gospel of the Beatitudes [see text of the Liturgy of the Word, WHO].

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There are evangelical pages that they are eternal and that's why we know by heart, yet, whenever we listen, excite us and we always give something new and often unexpected. God sees our reality according to a vision of eternal present simultaneously: for what, every time that speaks to us in His inspired Word, in our now daily, in our time it seems insignificant fills his tender love and eternally true and present.

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The passage of the Beatitudes Lucan It first remembers what constitutes one of the greatest human research: the pursuit of happiness.

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Salvador Dali, The Temptations of St. Anthony

In the statement the United States of America's founding fathers, with Thomas Jefferson, the 15 September 1787 They declared that the pursuit of happiness is a truth in itself obvious. With the philosophical language we would say that the pursuit of happiness is an axiom, something so obvious that it can not be refuted. This text has also inspired a great movie, I recommend everyone to see, just called The pursuit of happiness, Gabriele Muccino Will Smith and the little Jaden Smith. The film is the story of the broker American Chris Gardner, it reduced to poverty because of a series of existential contingencies and working, finds the strength along with his young son Christopher to roll up their sleeves and rebuild everything. Together the two Gardner begin their path to happiness. One of the most beautiful phrases of the film is that dad Chris says to the little Christopher:

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"Do not ever let anyone tell you you can not do something. Me neither. Ok? If you have a dream you must protect. When people do not know how to do something they tell you that you do not. If you want something, and will inseguila. Point".

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With these beatitudes the Lord wants us to show what is the path that has prepared for us, so that we can achieve happiness is not simply a job, as it happened in Gardner in this film. Happiness is not money: is not only materiality yet is not even abstractness. The Lord teaches us that happiness is bliss.

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Salvador Dali, the vision of Hell granted by the Virgin Mary to the little shepherds of Fatima

Jesus' invitation to bliss It has a spiritual and human foundation at the same time: primarily because it is the Lord who helps every man to live the individual beatitudes. Secondly because, all bliss, It consists of a real condition of insecurity from which flows an act of concrete love given by God to His believers.

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From the material and spiritual poverty, by grace you get the kingdom of God, that is, being in intimate contact with him at all times as baptized persons and children of God. From famine Trinitarian Love, the Lord gives us the fullness of the Holy Spirit when we are confirmed members. From the desperate cry of those who have sinned, the Lord gives the smile of one who has been forgiven in sacramental confession. And finally, Jesus, also we remember those who are in tear, division and deeper persecution for the sake of His Holy Name. Here Jesus turns to the martyrs: both those who today still lose their lives because they killed in hatred of the faith, as recently happened in France on the altar with the murder of his father Jacques Hamel, both for those who live a white martyrdom because isolated from relatives, friends and brothers, until almost the removal of more family relationship for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ and for the love of the Church.

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To the martyrs a great reward is prepared: the immediate vision of God's Love in Paradise, without having to further purify, for the martyrs in the Blood. The ability to have an authentic look on the love of God who becomes Eucharistic Bread, white for martyrs.

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On the contrary, the three "woes" that Jesus gives to the rich, satiated and color reflect laughing like a false happiness can take root in man: a happiness that is not of God, but by money, from sexual satiation excessive and disorderly or the exercise of a power that mocks the authority of God and his commandments. Those troubles are warning today. You should be educated to stay away from these attitudes and behaviors that fill us with fleeting svuotandoci the one true treasure: God's presence.

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Salvador Dali, Last dinner

The pursuit of happiness nellc happiness Jesus is described as an attainable goal every day. in the Sacraments, like I said. But also because we know to be those who proclaim the faith that is not passive stasis, but continuous journey towards that which gives us a sense of deep happiness.

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The words of the French philosopher Blaise Pascal they look really suited to our being witnesses of bliss: "Happiness is neither of us, nor out of us: It is in God, that is, outside and inside us ".

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So together, Dear Brothers and Sisters, We ask the Lord to assimilate more and more these eternal words. Every day we can be at the Bliss School. With a contemplative look, We ask you to find the ray of sunshine that illuminates our window, the sign that the Lord wants to make us eternally happy because blessed.

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Amen!

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Rome, 16 February 2019

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