Life in Christ
Remain simple and innocent, and you will be like little
children who do not know the evil that destroys man’s
The sixth beatitude proclaims, “Blessed are the pure in
heart, for they shall see God.”
“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;
chastity or sexual recti
love of truth and orthodoxy of faith.
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.”
The “pure in heart” are promised that they will see God
face to face and be like him.
Purity of heart is the precondition of
the vision of God. Even now it enables us to see
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.
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
gift of chastity,
for chastity lets us love with
upright and undivided heart;
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;
Mandate 2, 1: PG 2, 916.
311 St. Augustine,
De fide et symbolo
10, 25: PL 40, 196.