Each beatitude tells how to be blessed. Other translations use the words fortunate or happy. These words don't promise laughter, pleasure, or earthly prosperity. Jesus turns the world's idea of happiness upside down. To Jesus, happiness means hope and joy, independent of outward circumstances. To find hope and joy, the deepest form of happiness, follow Jesus no matter what the cost.
We're on week 3 of the Beatitudes series, a little study within the normal Weekly Truth routine where we're digging deeper into the Word to discover what these 8 verses mean for our day-to-day lives. In case you missed them, you can view the first two weeks here and here. The Beatitudes, Week 3 "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5 As we go through the Beatitudes, it's important to note that Jesus isn't instructing us to pursue these qualities for our own sake. Th
This short book will open your eyes to Our Lord's words from the Beatitudes and help you to understand was Christian poverty is . . . and is not. By Fr. Thomas Dubay To the modern mind, the concept of poverty is often confused with destitution. But destitution emphatically is not the Gospel ideal. A love-filled sharing frugality is the message, and Happy Are You Poor explains the meaning of this beatitude lived and taught by Jesus himself.
“What this Beatitude means, then, is: blessed are those who are persecuted because they are holy, or because they are striving to be holy, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Thus, blessed is he who suffers persecution for being true to Jesus Christ and who does so not only patiently but joyfully. Circumstances arise in a Christian’s life that call for heroism — where no compromise is admissible: either one stays true to Jesus Christ whatever the cost in terms of reputation, life or possessions