#38: Beatitudes (Part 1 of 2)

On today’s two part episode, we discuss the eight beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount from the Gospel of Matthew.

Part one of this episode covers the first four beatitudes:
1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
2. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
3. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Click HERE for part two of this episode.

Saint Quotes of the Week

Poor in Spirit

“Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs.” “The demands of justice must be satisfied first of all; that which is already due in justice is not to be offered as a gift of charity.” – St. John Chrysostom

“When we attend to the needs of those in want, we give them what is theirs, not ours. More than performing works of mercy, we are paying a debt of justice.” – Pope St. Gregory the Great

Mourning

“For the mourning here meant is not for the dead by common course of nature, but for the dead in sins, and vices. Thus Samuel mourned for Saul, thus the Apostle Paul mourned for those who had not performed penance after uncleanness.” – St. Jerome

Meek

“When I have learned contentment in poverty, the next lesson is to govern my heart and temper. For what good is it to me to be without worldly things, unless I have besides a meek spirit? It suitably follows therefore, Blessed are the meek.” – St. Ambrose

Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

“It is not enough that we desire righteousness, unless we also suffer hunger for it, by which expression we may understand that we are never righteous enough, but always hunger after works of righteousness.” – St. Jerome

See part two of this episode for the recommended readings and challenge of the week.

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