Chapter 19: The Beatitudes
The Sermon on the Mount
Beattitude (CCC Glossary)
Happiness or blessedness, especially the eternal happiness of heaven, which is described as the vision of God, or entering into God’s rest by those whom He makes “partakers of the divine nature.”
Beatitudes (CCC Glossary)
The teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount on the meaning and way to true happiness. These teachings reflect the promises made to the chosen people since Abraham; they portray the countenance e of Christ and describe his charity. More over, by shedding light on the actions and attitudes characteristic of the Christian life, they describe the vocation of all the faithful.
The Beatitudes depict the countenance of Jesus Christ and portray his charity. They express the vocation of the faithful associated 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 secured, 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.” – St. Augustine
“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 from my soul and my soul draws life from you.” – St. Augustine
Play and Pray
(easy ways to reinforce our faith)
Review pages 167 and 168 – simple explanations of what the Beatitudes mean.
Take a Beatitude field trip to St. Francis Xavier Mission in Toledo, WA – the stained glass windows each have a Beatitude.