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Published on Jun 10, 2013
The Beatitudes are 'new commandments', but they are not just a simple do gooders list. They cannot be understood with the mind, only with the heart, so if our hearts are closed to God we will never know true freedom. Christian consolation is the presence of God in our hearts which teaches us to understand the Beatitudes as the law of the truly free. This was the main focus of Pope Francis' homily Monday morning at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta residence. Commenting on the daily readings, rom St Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians and the Gospel, Matthew 5:1-12, in which Jesus proclaims the Beatitudes, he said: Real conversion consists in opening the door to the Lord, overcoming selfishness, hypocr ...