SUFFERING: Blessed Are Those Who are Persecuted For Righteousness’s Sake, For Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven, by Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila-Latourrette

October 13, 2015

From Simply Living The Beatitudes Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in Heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:10-12) As we pray and meditate on the teachings of the beatitudes, one thing that becomes immediately evident to us is the fact that all the beatitudes are closely related.  We cannot consider one beatitude isolated from the others.  Jesus proclaimed the beatitudes as a way of life for his disciples, for all his followers.  And as we heed the call from the Master, we his followers must humbly, simply, and in all earnestness learn to incorporate [...]

POETRY: My Uncle Sowing Beatitudes, by David Bottoms

May 15, 2013

1 When he huffed out of the woods at the foot of the hill, both fists clenched rocks. My uncle saw him before he reached the field, and stopped hoeing, stood up and leaned on his hoe. This was a cousin on his father’s side, nineteen or twenty, and a week out of jail. Far off in the okra a wind whirled the dust, a rustle of needles sparked the tree line. He screamed something I don’t recall, he kicked the dirt, he wanted to fight. He was drunk and sick of his mother nagging about the muddy well. My uncle’s tractor had been causing a runoff. Or it hadn’t, my uncle said, the well was almost half a mile away. But the boy threw hard out of the sunlight and caught him on the cheek, and my uncle wobbled, a little dazed. 2 [...]

SCRIPTURE: The Poor In Spirit

May 14, 2013

I could be wrong – but I don’t think so – but it strikes me that the whole lot that has been written about the first beatitude in Matthew – Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they shall inherit the Kingdom of God – is mostly about spiritualizing poverty.  Making the state of material want a holy state. (Dim overhead lights, bring up soft background glow, and pipe in sweet voices in perfect harmony – but only in open vowel sounds, mind you.) The problem for this for me is multi-layered. First there’s the harumphing around the idea that somehow being poor – having no access to good dental care, being limited to chicken wings (if you’re lucky), doing your best to make do with two pairs of [...]

SCRIPTURE: The Beatitudes, by Charles de Foucauld

May 14, 2013

From Hope in the Gospels 1. How blest are the poor in spirit: the reign of God is theirs. (Matthew 5:3) Let us hope!  Salvation is at hand; Heaven is at hand, and here is an easy way to save ourselves, to enter into Heaven; only one thing is needed: “to be poor in spirit.”  To be poor in spirit is to be truly poor at the bottom of one’s soul, truly detached from all things, not only to be truly deprived of material goods, not only not to desire them, but to completely forget oneself, to have a soul empty not only of all earthly desires, but of all desire and absolutely so, whether concerning oneself or others, of self, of material things, absolutely empty of everything, and full of God.  In God, for God, for [...]