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Life in Christ

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Remain simple and innocent, and you will be like little

children who do not know the evil that destroys man’s

life.

306

2518

The sixth beatitude proclaims, “Blessed are the pure in

heart, for they shall see God.”

307

“Pure in heart” refers to those who

have attuned their intellects and wills to the demands of God’s ho­

liness, chiefly in three areas: charity;

308

chastity or sexual recti­

tude;

309

love of truth and orthodoxy of faith.

310

There is a connection

between purity of heart, of body, and of faith:

The faithful must believe the articles of the Creed “so that

by believing they may obey God, by obeying may live well,

by living well may purify their hearts, and with pure hearts

may understand what they believe.”

311

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The “pure in heart” are promised that they will see God

face to face and be like him.

312

Purity of heart is the precondition of

the vision of God. Even now it enables us to see

according to

God,

to accept others as “neighbors”; it lets us perceive the human body

—ours and our neighbor’s—as a temple of the Holy Spirit, a

manifestation of divine beauty.

II.

T

he

B

attle

for

P

urity

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Baptism confers on its recipient the grace of purification

from all sins. But the baptized must continue to struggle against

concupiscence of the flesh and disordered desires. With God’s

grace he will prevail

by the

virtue

and

gift of chastity,

for chastity lets us love with

upright and undivided heart;

by

purity of intention

which consists in seeking the true end of man:

with simplicity of vision, the baptized person seeks to find and to

fulfill God’s will in everything;

313

306

Pastor Hermae,

Mandate 2, 1: PG 2, 916.

307

Mt

5:8.

308 Cf.

1 Tim

4:3-9;

2 Tim

2:22.

309 Cf.

1 Thess

4:7;

Col

3:5;

Eph

4:19.

310 Cf.

Titus

1:15;

1 Tim

1:3-4;

2 Tim

2:23-26.

311 St. Augustine,

De fide et symbolo

10, 25: PL 40, 196.

312 Cf.

1 Cor

13:12;

1 Jn

3:2.

313 Cf.

Rom

12:2;

Col

1:10.

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