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Catechism in a Year

Sunday, November 11, 2018

360. Why are the beatitudes important for us?

The beatitudes are at the heart of Jesus' preaching and they take up and fulfill the promises that God made starting with Abraham. They depict the very countenance of Jesus and they characterize authentic Christian life. They reveal the ultimate goal of human activity, which is eternal happiness.

Further reading: CCC 1716-1717, 1725-1726

361. What is the relationship between the beatitudes and our desire for happiness?

The beatitudes respond to the innate desire for happiness that God has placed in the human heart in order to draw us to himself. God alone can satisfy this desire.

Further reading: CCC 1718-1719

362. What is eternal happiness?

It is the vision of God in eternal life in which we are fully "partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4), of the glory of Christ and of the joy of the trinitarian life. This happiness surpasses human capabilities. It is a supernatural and gratuitous gift of God just as is the grace which leads to it. This promised happiness confronts us with decisive moral choices concerning earthly good and urges us to love God above all things.

Further reading: CCC 1720-1724, 1727-1729

These excerpts are from the Compendium of the CCC.
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