Blessed are they ...
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" The eight Beatitudes are considered so many slices of one fine jewel. There is little to distinguish them one from the other. The Nazarene could have added one or subtracted one and still the total message would be the same. No one would have been wiser. James Lowell has suggested He should have added, "Blessed are they who have nothing to say and cannot be persuaded to say it." -- from an homily by Father James Gilhooley - 4 Ord Time Matthew 5, 1-12
"The Beatitudes depict the countenance of Jesus Christ and portray his charity. They express the vocation of the faithful associated with the glory of his Passion and Resurrection; they shed light on the actions and attitudes characteristic of the Christian life; they are the paradoxical promises that sustain hope in the midst of tribulations; they proclaim the blessings and rewards already secured, however dimly, for Christ's disciples; they have begun in the lives of the Virgin Mary and all the saints." (C.C.C. # 1717)
"I must go beyond the simple external observance of the law. It's not enough for me not to sin. I must take a stand "for something." And, the way to begin is for me to have the right "internal" disposition, an attitude about the way I want to live my life and an attitude about my relationship with God and with my neighbor." -- from Inspirational Words Archive - I will take on the attitude of Christ.
it or not, one of the principles of Catholic theology is that God
himself is the source of our desire for happiness. He has placed
in our hearts a desire for happiness, and all of us seek what is
called the sumum bonum, the greatest good, perfect happiness, which
is God himself. So God is the source of our desire for happiness,
and he is the end, the attainment
"The beatitudes which Jesus offers us are a sign of contradiction to the world's understanding of happiness and joy. How can one possibly find happiness in poverty, hunger, mourning, and persecution? Poverty of spirit finds ample room and joy in possessing God as the greatest treasure possible. Hunger of the spirit seeks nourishment and strength in God's word and Spirit. Sorrow and mourning over wasted life and sin leads to joyful freedom from the burden of guilt and spiritual oppression. God reveals to the humble of heart the true source of abundant life and happiness. Jesus promises his disciples that the joys of heaven will more than compensate for the troubles and hardships they can expect in this world. Thomas Aquinas said: No one can live without joy. That is why a person deprived of spiritual joy goes after carnal pleasures. Do you know the happiness of hungering and thirsting for God alone?" -- by Don Schwager in Daily Reading & Meditation