The Beatitudes in St Luke's Gospel

The Beatitudes are not only for the saints but for all of us. They contain both promises of what we shall become and a revelation of what we have begun to be, albeit in perhaps a dim or somewhat hidden way. One way of living the Beatitudes and of putting them into practice is to memorise them, to become as familiar with them as we are with the Our Father or the Hail Mary. This simple step will help us to take them to heart and to cherish them during our day. St Augustine said, "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."

I thank you Father for everything that gives me happiness. I ask you to purify my heart so that I may know the blessing and the grace of putting the Beatitudes into practice.

(from Bible Alive)
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