Minute Meditations

The Beauty of the Beatitudes

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As Christians, the beauty of the beatitudes is that they remind us that this world is not our home. What we have in this life does not define our worth, nor does it represent anything that is lasting. The reason that Jesus says that those who are truly blessed are those who suffer (poverty, mourning, and the like) is not because he wants us to suffer; it’s because he wants us to realize that nothing in this world can ever fully satisfy. Only he can.

And so, even though suffering may appear at first to be without benefit, if it helps us depend more on God, grow in empathy, and focus us on what really matters, how can it be anything but a blessing? 

—from St. Anthony Messenger‘s “Acting on the Beatitudes
by Casey Cole, OFM

St. Anthony Messenger | Franciscan Media

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