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Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Beatitudes and Sainthood

As you know, today's gospel focuses on the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes do not only have major vocational significance, they are a description of our vocations. We are called to be God's children, to be saints, and the beatitudes tells us precisely how to do this. No matter what our calling, these beatitudes are our guide. The religious life, especially the Order of St. Francis, focus on these teachings in a very specific and absolute way. It is interesting that this gospel happens to fall on the Sunday just before Ash Wednesday, because Lent is a perfect time to follow the Beatitudes more fully. Think about how you can live your life more conformed to the beatitudes and spend the forty days of Lent on the path of the saints. I enjoy this song, and we sang it at Mass this morning, so I am posting it for you also. Each beatitude holds its own great significance, so I will be focusing on a few of them specifically at a later date.

We Are The Light Of The World.

Blessed are they who are poor in spirit,
theirs is the kingdom of God.
Bless us, O Lord, make us poor in spirit;
bless us, O Lord, our God.

Refrain: We are the light of the world;
may our light shine before all,
that they may see the good that we do,
and give glory to God.

2. Blessed are they who are meek and humble;
they will inherit the earth.
Bless us, O Lord, make us meek and humble;
bless us, O Lord, our God.

3. Blessed are they who will mourn in sorrow;
they will be comforted.
Bless us, O Lord, when we share their sorrow;
bless us, O Lord, our God.

4. Bless those who hunger and thirst for justice;
they will be satisfied.
Bless us, O Lord, hear our cry for justice;
bless us, O Lord, our God.

5. Blessed are they who show others mercy;
they will know mercy too.
Bless us, O Lord, hear our cry for mercy;
bless us, O Lord, our God.

6. Blessed are hearts that are clean and holy;
they will behold the Lord.
Bless us, O Lord, make us pure and holy;
bless us, O Lord, our God.

7. Blessed are they who bring peace among us;
they are the children of God.
Bless us, O Lord, may your peace be with us;
bless us, O Lord, our God.

8. Bless those who suffer from persecution;
theirs is the kingdom of God.
Bless us, O Lord, when they persecute us;
bless us, O Lord, our God.

2 comments:

  1. I love this song too!
    (Although they had the tempo much too slow at Mass yesterday!!!)
    I like this perspective of the Beatitudes being a description of vocations...hadn't thought of it that way before:)
    Thank you!
    ~Mrs. D. ~

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  2. Thank you! I agree.. the tempo for this song on Sunday was a bit off... I don't think it was the same the whole way through, either. I felt kinda bad about writing such a short post on the Beatitudes... since there is SO much to say about them... but I'll make up for it later :).

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