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J We might remind ourselves that there are two sides to the Gospel ethic. On the one hand, there are many obstacles that we have to remove, temptations we must overcome. On the other hand, despite having constantly to war against our native impulses, the evil spirit and the machinations of the world, we are also bidden to give ourselves to God.
Both elements of our spiritual life are essential. We have native tendencies in us — the passions — that tend to tyrannize us. What we talk about as the Seven Capital Sins, I like to call our seven basic tendencies as fallen human beings.
We also know that to ignore the fact that we must war against ourselves and against the seductions of evil all around us would be folly. On the other hand, we are also to practice virtue.
Our focus here is on that aspect — what we sometimes call the positive side of the Gospel ethic. This second side of our Christian responsibility is synthesized in the Beatitudes, which our Savior gave us.
There are certain classic passages in Christ's teaching that remain the cornerstones of our lives. Such, for example, is the Lord's Prayer; such is Christ's discourse in the sixth chapter of John when He promised the Eucharist; such is His long homily at the Last Supper before He died; such are the Beatitudes.
There are two versions of the Beatitudes in the Gospels; one of four and the other of eight. Over the centuries, Christian wisdom has speculated on how the four are really the eight, and how the eight can be synthesized into four. We shall concentrate on the eight Beatitudes by first looking briefly at their significance in themselves, and how what we call the Beatitudes are in many ways the Magna Carta of Christian perfection.
So much so that the Second Vatican Council, which spoke more than all the other councils put together on the religious life, describes religious life as a "lifetime commitment to practicing the Beatitudes.
Because they are uniquely Christian principles of human conduct. Winston Churchill, on one occasion you know he was capable of summarizing a lot in a few wordsobserved sagely how the British Empire could not survive for one week if it were based on the Beatitudes. Secular society is not expected to, nor does it, operate on the Beatitudes.
The norms set down in the Beatitudes go far beyond the dialogue in which Christ confirmed the Decalogue. The Beatitudes are its fulfillment.
The Ten Commandments given on Mt. Sinai summarize pre-Christian morality. The Beatitudes assume the Decalogue and they go beyond it. One reason the Beatitudes are able, humanly speaking, to make such heavy demands on human nature is because God, when He became man, gave man the grace to go beyond the Decalogue.
The Beatitudes are a perfect synthesis of Christ's own life; they are, if you wish, a summary of Christ's own practice of virtue. When we say that perfection consists in following Christ and ask what that means, we can answer that it means practicing the Beatitudes, which Christ first practiced and then preached.
The Beatitudes exemplify the paradoxical character of Christianity. We speak of Christian mysteries, and so they are.
They are not fully comprehensible to the human mind. We are told, "He that loses his life will find it" and "Those who are great, but become small, will inherit the kingdom.
These are all paradoxes. But what is a paradox? It is an apparent contradiction. I like to identify mystery with paradox, and say that our faith is full of paradoxes. In the Beatitudes, the paradox is happiness, which Christ promises if a person does certain things that naturally — or humanly speaking — are the very opposite of what we would expect to bring happiness.
In short, He tells us to do things that we don't naturally enjoy and then tells us we are going to have joy. The super part of supernatural is that which I give unexpectedly by your giving up certain things. You sacrifice pleasure and I will give you joy. One begins with, "How happy.
Because it implies how unexpectedly happy "are the poor in spirit.Egoism, Benevolence, and Generosity Craig Biddle May 21, Audio PDF In The Objective Standard, Summer Can we gain selfish, life-serving values by engaging in acts of benevolence or generosity?
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The opposite of generosity is selfishness, self-centeredness, greed, and self-absorption. No stories from Scripture tell of people living the God-related spiritual life while fostering a greedy attitude.
Generosity extends beyond merely the use of money, although it most definitely includes that. Scientists have discovered that the small, brave act of cooperating with another person, of choosing trust over cynicism, generosity over selfishness, makes the brain light up with quiet joy.
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