#38: Beatitudes (Part 2 of 2)

This is part two of our episode on the eight beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount from the Gospel of Matthew.

Part two of this episode covers the last four beatitudes:
1. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
2. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
3. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
4. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Click HERE for part one of this episode.

Saint Quotes of the Week

Mercy

“The reward here seems at first to be only an equal return; but indeed it is much more; for human mercy and divine mercy are not to be put on an equality.” – St. John Chrysostom

Pure in Heart

“The merciful loses the benefit of his mercy, unless he shows it from a pure heart; for if he seeks to be merciful to boast, he loses the fruit of his deeds.” – St. Ambrose

Peacemakers

“The peacemakers are pronounced blessed, they namely who make peace first within their own hearts, then between brethren at variance. For what avails it to make peace between others, while in your own heart are wars of rebellious vices.” – St. Jerome

“The blessedness of the peacemakers is the reward of adoption, they shall be called the sons of God. For God is our common parent, and no other way can we pass into His family than by living in brotherly love together.” – St. Hilary

Persecuted

“The eighth beatitude shows the perfect complete character. In the first then and the eighth, the kingdom of heaven is named, for the first seven go to make the perfect man, the eighth manifests and proves his perfectness, that all may be conducted to perfection by these steps.” – St. Augustine

Recommended Reading and Listening

You Can Understand The Bible: A Practical And Illuminating Guide To Each Book In The Bible by Dr. Peter Kreeft

The Cross and the Beatitudes: Lessons on Love and Forgiveness by Venerable Fulton Sheen

Catholic Audiobook: St. Thomas Aquinas for Lent by Alleluia Audiobooks

Challenge of the Week

Take time to read the beatitudes (Matt 5: 1-12) every day for a week. Set concrete goals this Lent to improve your life with the beatitudes.

Dinner Table Questions

1. Which beatitude do you struggle living out the most?
2. What does it mean to you to be “poor in spirit”?
3. What does it mean to you to be “meek”?

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