In this 8th grade lesson we study the Beatitudes. We reflect on the qualities necessary for a happy life given to us by Our Lord and how we can amend our life to better resemble the beatitudes.
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St Anthony of Padua Healing a Youth
by Sebastiano Ricci (1690)
The word "beatitude" comes from the Latin word "beatus," which means blessed or happy. Since each of the eight pieces of wisdom each start with the word “blessed,” we call them the Beatitudes.
Let’s look at each one by itself for a moment:
BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
The Catechism says that the Beatitudes “confront us with decisive choices concerning earthly goods; they purify our hearts in order to teach us to love God above all things.” (1728) Being poor in spirit doesn’t mean having very little spirit. It means not needing the things of this earth. Of course we need food, shelter, love, but being too attached to our material possessions keeps us from being attached to the things of heaven. We are meant to enjoy the things of this world, for they were given to us as a gift from God as an expression of His love, but we are to see through the gifts and see the Giver. Keeping our eyes on heaven will end with us being given heaven in return.
BLESSSED ARE THEY WHO MOURN, FOR THEY WILL BE COMFORTED.
The Lord became fully human, experiencing everything that we do. He knew our sadnesses and sorrow. He suffered the loss of His earthly father, and lived a very solitary life. When He spoke to those who mourn, He was speaking from experience. This promise of comfort is equally meant — He will keep this promise when we need it most.
BLESSED ARE THE MEEK, FOR THEY WILL INHERIT THE LAND.
Let’s see what Fr. John Hardon has to say about this beatitude… just know that he translates “meek” as “gentle.”
Let us consider what “gentleness” means. The word is not easily defined because gentleness is not much respected in today’s world. It is the aggressive personality who gets all he can out of life. He is the hero of our literature. Gentleness is strength restrained by love. Only strong people can be gentle. Others can seem to be, but they are not. I don’t know much about art criticism, but I have read some volumes in the field. One world-famous art critic said that if you want to depict strength of power or energy, always picture it poised. And he compared two images. In on picture, a huge many-ton boulder lies at the bottom of a canyon. In the other picture, the boulder is just on the edge at the top of the canyon, and you are almost afraid it is going to... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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