Life in Christ
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you
and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward is great in heaven.
The Beatitudes depict the countenance of Jesus Christ and
portray his charity. They express the vocation of the faithful asso-
ciated with the glory of his Passion and Resurrection; they shed
light on the actions and attitudes characteristic of the Christian life;
they are the paradoxical promises that sustain hope in the midst of
tribulations; they proclaim the blessings and rewards already se-
cured, however dimly, for Christ’s disciples; they have begun in
the lives of the Virgin Mary and all the saints.
The Beatitudes respond to the natural desire for happiness.
This desire is of divine origin: God has placed it in the human heart
in order to draw man to the One who alone can fulfill it:
We all want to live happily; in the whole human race there
is no one who does not assent to this proposition, even before
it is fully articulated.
How is it, then, that I seek you, Lord? Since in seeking you,
my God, I seek a happy life, let me seek you so that my soul
may live, for my body draws life frommy soul and my soul
draws life from you.
God alone satisfies.
13 St. Augustine,
De moribus eccl.
1, 3, 4: PL 32, 1312.
14 St. Augustine,
10, 20: PL 32, 791.
15 St. Thomas Aquinas,
Expos. in symb. apost.