In antiquity there were two lifestyles: the seated life and the nomad life. Inheriting the earth means seated life. Nomade life is a risky life as opposed to seated life, the life in the city that is a safer life. Inheriting the earth ultimately means "security." The beatitudes are related to the spiritual gifts, in this case patience with the gift of constancy, firmness, devotion: the gift of fear of the Lord. The constant, the devote people receive the blessing of the safe, secure life. The inconstant people, on the other hand, are people who do not have a life project, who depend fundamentally on what provides them the luck. Not depend on the luck, but on the blessings that God gives us, that is the idea associated with this bless, through the gift of Fear of the Lord known as firmness, constancy, devotion, equanimity, stability.
The Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is also known as the spiritual gift of rectitude or imitate God. It is the definition of the good and the ethical behavior, the Golden Rule is empathy, is to put ourselves in the place of the other. The best-known case of Righteousness is the parable of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 10). But this parable goes beyond, explains the ethical behavior of people: we sin, that is to say we practice evil or we live righteously, that is to say we live the good. People are edifying or destructive, good or bad. There is no middle ground, white or black there is no gray. Life is like chess, you play with the whites or with the blacks. And this relates to the works, to which tend towards those who practice the sin? Towards the works of the flesh (Galatians 5) which are: idolatry, witchcraft, enemity, adultery, fornication, filth. And where tends those who live righteously? To the fruits of the spirit: joy, peace, patience, kindness, faith, meekness, temperance.En this consists the study of ethics, how we choose, how is our relationship with the neighbor and the divine.
The opposite of happiness is suffering. The happiness as an end itself is an illusion, a form of error, because to be happy we have to minimize the suffering. This is achieved in one way: having constancy in excellence, having constancy in improving ourselves. Constancy, the firmness is the basis of the spiritual life, the blessed life. Let us remember that eternal life are blessings that God gives us as an advance of life in glory, and among these blessings is the happiness of the heart, the happiness associated with the contemplative activity. And who attain eternal life? This is explained in the parable of the sower: those who receive wisdom, retain it and put it into practice with constancy, firmness. The spiritual gift of Fear of God or serenity (constancy, firmness, devotion, equanimity) is the way to the spiritual enlightenment and true happiness.
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