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Beatitudes

(bē-ăt`ĭto͞odz') [Lat.,=blessing], in the Gospel of St. Matthew, eight blessings uttered by Jesus at the opening of the Sermon on the Mount. Some, counting verses differently, say there are nine. In a parallel passage in the Gospel of St. Luke, only four of the blessings appear, with four corresponding woes.

Beatitudes

 

New Testament precepts of moral and social character ascribed to Jesus Christ by Christian tradition and invested with divine authority (The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, ch. 5, and Luke, ch. 6). They define which people may hope for beatification because of their social and moral condition (“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”). They also call on those in want to be humble and submissive (“Do not resist one who is evil”). Societies with antagonistic class conditions use the Beatitudes to strengthen the system based on exploitation.

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In practical terms, the only priest who will always prove necessary to people is the priest who believes profoundly, who professes his faith with courage, who prays fervently, who teaches with deep conviction, who serves, who puts into practice in his own life the program of the beatitudes, who knows how to love disinterestedly, who is close to everyone, and especially those who are most in need" (Wanderer, Sept 18, 2003).
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Luke's abbreviated Beatitudes (compared to Matthew) evoke the pattern of the reading from Jeremiah.
The Mount of the Beatitudes is a long, gentle slope, sweeping down to the northern edge of the Sea of Galilee, forming a natural amphitheater.
The beatitudes are nothing more than a description of a face, His Face
According to a note from the prefecture, "the Beatitudes are a spiritual self-portrait of Jesus.
Likewise the beatitudes and the blessing of children.
According to A Man of the Beatitudes, Luciana Frassati's loving biography of her brother, first published in 1970, and now being reissued by Ignatius Press in time for World Youth Day, the biggest cross Pier Giorgio had to bear was the antipathy felt for him by his parents.
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