Those who Mourn
- is one of the Beatitudes
- realize the damage done by the emotional programs for happiness and personal sin
- have ‘tears of contrition’ feelings of loving sorrow for having damaged themselves and others, the work of the Gift of Knowledge
- are comforted by the theological virtue of Hope which mitigates and balances the feeling of sorrow through trust in God’s infinite goodness and mercy
- is normally the first Gift to be activated in the contemplative process
- FG: 76-78
The Gift of Knowledge corresponds to the Beatitude of those who mourn. One reason that we mourn is that something inside us realizes that our emotional programs for happiness, put together in early childhood, are not working and that only God can satisfy our longing for boundless happiness.
Those who mourn recognize the damage caused by the emotional programs for happiness and that they cannot possibly work.
One aspect of the mourning process caused by the Gift of Knowledge are called “tears of contrition,” also known as “compunction”. This is the humble acknowledgment of our failures but without guilt feelings attached. When there is a feeling of loving sorrow for having offended God and damaged others, these tears are cleansing and consoling.
The theological virtue of hope mitigates feelings of sorrow. Hope is not based on the past or the future, but on the infinite goodness and mercy of God here and now, a mercy that never diminishes or changes. Without the support of the theological virtue of hope, mourning could turn into despair.
Those who mourn understand that the emotional programs for happiness are not useful, but are actually hindrances to true happiness.
What are the demands of your emotional programs?
Realize that the emotional programs for happiness will not work. Release the feelings of guilt for failing God, yourself, and others.