January 30, 2011 by staff
Beatitudes, “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn;
For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek
For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be satisfied.
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 children of God.
Blessed are they, which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
And push all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake.
Rejoice and be glad,
For great is your reward in heaven. “Matthew 5:1-12 (NAB)
I heard a priest at the Mass of the vigil last night to explain the Beatitudes as an attitude rather than a model to be Christian. I never thought of them anyway, but I think he’s right. They are more attitudes then anything else.
Attitude in faith can make or break. Some people are depressed and other Christians tend to be happier in their beliefs. I chose to be happy most of the Christian era and when things get tough I find comfort in what I believe.
When I feel poor in spirit, I know things will get better. When I cried for the sick and dying, I am reassured. Meek? I kind of problem to be sweet! I’m not the kind of person who comes out there and demonstrations for a cause, but I pray for those who make and when the results start to happen, a feeling of satisfaction and I greatly admire those who are ready to get out there and support something that they so firmly believe in
I learned to be merciful, but I’m not always this way. I’m surprised to be nasty and he regretted it. However, when I showed mercy to reward someone for their smile and attitude change is enough.
Have a pure heart is something I work on every day and I really cannot recall being in the role of peacemaker.
Shriver was the founding director of the Peace Corps – nothing less, in fact, a missionary secular society, whose mission is to promote dialogue between nations and help the poor in developing regions. As recently as 1994, Sargent Shriver called on graduates of Yale, his alma mater, to be peacemakers. “You’ll have more to be a peacemaker of a warrior,” he said, adding: “I was at a time, and I know from experience.”
The Gospel also tells us: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”
He was a champion of racial justice – and devotes his time and resources to help the weak, the vulnerable, and the excluded. He offered mercy to those who need it most. He helped to create and manage the Special Olympics, which gave dignity and honor of people with mental disabilities.
The Gospel tells us. “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted” Like many members of the Kennedy family, Sargent Shriver cried again and again and again – private grief so often expressed during the public funeral.
And the Gospel assures us: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
During his pro-life has become unfashionable in his own political party, Sargent Shriver continued to speak out against abortion, and stood his ground. When he ran for vice president with George McGovern in 1972, he was the last pro-life Democratic candidate on a presidential ticket – at least, the last to date. His position may be over his political career. But it was a price he was willing to pay. It would not compromise his ideals or his Catholic faith.
None of this is that Sargent Shriver was a saint. But at a time when people are willing to compromise, to bend to political expediency, to live in what the Pope has called “moral relativism”, Sargent Shriver did not. He stood for something. And he tried to make the world a little better than it was – to make it more merciful, more compassionate, more just, and more peaceful.
This is the great message of the beatitudes. And, in short, is what being a Christian.
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