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Humility Opens Doors

In the topsy turvey world of the Kingdom of God humility opens doors, the last shall be first and the meek shall inherit the earth. Meekness is not weakness, & pride is a symptom of insanity. This post explains why....

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Beatitudes: Is It Wrong to be Happy?

The Beatitudes appear in the gospels of Matthew and Luke as part of the Sermon on the Mount. But what actually is the nature of true happiness? Must we be miserable in this world to be happy in the next? Faith and hope...

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Pope Francis on the Beatitudes – Podcast

In this 14 minute podcast, Anna Mitchell of the Sonrise Morning Show interviews Dr. Italy on the central feature of Pope Francis' teaching on the Call to Holiness, Gaudete et Exsultate). The Beatitudes are all about what true happiness is and how to obtain it. Pope Francis...

8Beats – A New Look at the Beatitudes – Video

8Beats is an exciting effort at evangelization through film.  Slated for release in 2018, 8Beats is an Anthology of eight short films, each a contemporary reflection on one of the 8 Beatitudes of Matthew's gospel.  Produced by over 70 of the best Catholic filmmakers in...

Drawn by Desire – Augustine

Augustine on Jesus' statement in John 6:44 -"no one can come to me unless the Father draws him."  God puts in our hearts a desire, an attraction to Christ in whom the soul finds delight.  He relates this to the beatitudes: Blessed are they who...

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Blessed are the Mourning & the Meek – Leo the Great

Leo on the second & third of the Beatitudes, calling blessed the meek and those who mourn. The mourning Christ references here has little to do with worldly sorrow, and the reward promised to the lowly & gentle goes well beyond the things of...

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Blessed the Peacemakers – Leo the Great

Leo the Great on the seventh of the Beatitudes, "blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God." Those who have inner peace due to submission to the will of God are the ones who can create true harmony in the...