During Lent we hone our ability to live the Christian life. We should look to the Christian life user manual—the Beatitudes. When they have pride of place during Lent, they create a fruitful ripple effect for the rest of your liturgical year. Listen as Richaél Lucero observes the connection between the Beatitudes, Lent and the liturgical seasons that follow.
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- The Beatitudes are another proof God the Father wants me to live in his Kingdom.
- Through the Beatitudes during Lent, Jesus wants to prepare me for a fruitful liturgical year.
- God has designed for me to master the Beatitudes with the help of his Holy Spirit.
- This Lent, the Lord will do a good and mighty work in me.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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 God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, 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.Matthew 5:3-12
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.John 14:26
The Beatitudes (left) and how they correspond to the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit from Isaiah 11 (right). By St. Augustine on the Sermon on the Mount.
- Poor in spirit – Fear of the Lord
- Meek – Piety
- Mourn – Knowledge
- Hunger and thirst for righteousness – Fortitude
- Merciful – Counsel
- Pure in heart – Understanding
- Peacemakers – Wisdom
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