Catechism of the Catholic Church

Life in Christ 603 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 2519 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 2520 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. 94 158 2548 2819 2501 1264 2337 1752