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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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BLESSED are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
But before they canonize Bush, they might recall four words: Blessed are the peacemakers.
So he sent out a symbolic message from the spot near to the Sea of Galilee where Jesus declared: Blessed are the peacemakers.
The following extract from a prayer, which some people will use tomorrow, might give you some ideas: Blessed are the peacemakers who help those who are hurting Blessed are the peacemakers who befriend perfect strangers Blessed are the peacemakers who open doors for acting justly, loving tenderly and walking humbly with God and all people of good will.
As we confront the reality of war, let Scripture be our guide: Blessed are the peacemakers.
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Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.
John Hume, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, will receive Catholic Theological Union's "2000 Distinguished Service Award" at its annual Blessed Are the Peacemakers dinner to be held Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at the Chicago Hilton & Towers, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago.
BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS LIKE SOUTH Korea's Catholic president Kim Dae Jung because they share their blessings with a world that is less scary and dangerous because of their efforts.