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Beatitudes are only understood by those who open their heart to God, Pope says

Catholic World News - June 10, 2013

The Beatitudes can be understood only by someone whose heart is open to the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said at a morning Mass on Monday, June 10.

The Beatitudes are “the new commandments,” the Pope said. But at first glance, to those with a worldly attitude, they make no sense. They are, he said, “the law for those who have been saved and have opened their hearts to salvation.”

The Pope observed that the Gospel tells of listeners who wanted to debate with Jesus. That is because “their hearts were closed in on their own concerns,” and they were not ready to hear God’s promptings, he said. This is a common problem, he added—that people are fearful of opening themselves to the prospect of salvation because they are jealously clinging to “control over ourselves.”

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