Beatitudes

We need to pause, look deeply, reflect, and understand what is being said here…

A fantastic double rainbow over Loch Laggan.
A fantastic double rainbow over Loch Laggan.

Blessed are they who are humble, modest, unselfish, and compassionate for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn for all the injustices and suffering in the world, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are they who have experienced the epiphany of oneness and understand the sacredness and the impermanence of all, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger for the end of all oppression and exploitation, and thirst for justice, equality, and a dignified life for everybody, for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for speaking truth to power, for being compassionate, and for doing what is just and morally right, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are they who believe that Heaven is here, if we want it to be, for they will live in Heaven, right here on Earth.

On November 1st, 2016, at the end of a trip to Sweden, Pope Francis celebrated a Catholic Mass in a stadium. Saying that new situations require new energy and a new commitment, he offered a new list of beatitudes for modern Christians:

Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others and forgive them from their heart.
Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized and show them their closeness.
Blessed are those who see God in every person and strive to make others also discover him.
Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.
Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.
Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion.

If you want to be blessed and to be a blessing, do what the Beatitudes ask us to do, and be…

gentle, kind and generous

loving, giving and forgiving

pacific, calm and soft

patient, humble and quiet

nonviolent, benevolent and courteous

selfless, modest and mild

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Here are the original Beatitudes as they appear in the Gospel according to Mathew:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn: for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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