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The Blessed: Persecuted and Rewarded

After proclaiming the Eight Beatitudes, Christ promised to bless His faithful disciples. He said: “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and … Continue reading

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The Eighth Beatitude

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:10). “‘Blessed are they who suffer persecution for righteousness’ sake, that is for virtue, for defending others, for piety, for all these things … Continue reading

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The Sixth Beatitude

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8). “The merciful loses the benefit of his mercy, unless he shows it from a pure heart; for if he seeks to have whereof to boast, he loses … Continue reading

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The Fifth Beatitude

“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7). “Justice and mercy are so united, that the one ought to be mingled with the other; justice without mercy is cruelty; mercy without justice, profusion.” -Glossa Ordinaria “The merciful … Continue reading

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The Fourth Beatitude

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Mt 5:6). “As soon as I have wept for my sins, I begin to hunger and thirst after righteousness. He who is afflicted with any … Continue reading

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The Third Beatitude

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Mt 5:5). “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 … Continue reading

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The Second Beatitude

“Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted” (Mt 5:4). “They who weep for their own sins are blessed, but much more so who weep for others’ sins.” -Pseudo-Chrysostom “The mourning here meant is not for the dead … Continue reading

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