Blessed Are You: Living the Beatitudes

The newest title in the Discipleship Series of compact small-group resources “for people with busy lives but open hearts.” Features 6 engaging sessions that reflect on the Beatitudes, drawing on Scripture and the Catechism and illustrated through brief stories of people touched by grace: Blessed Solanus Casey, St. Gemma Galgani, Blessed Padre Pro, a Death Row inmate, a saintly young boy with Down syndrome, and St. Teresa of Calcutta. Includes prayer and discussion questions integral to growth as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

“Blessed Are You makes the Beatitudes come alive with meaning and relevance. As with the other books in the Discipleship Series, Chris Ruff takes you deeper than a theoretical study of the Faith – into a shared experience of following Jesus and building his Kingdom in the world today. Truly second to none!”
--Chris Stefanick, Founder and President of Real Life Catholic



Friday, January 5, 2018

Living the Beatitudes

The Paradoxical Prescription for a Life of True Joy

Isn’t it remarkable that while our fallen human nature is enticed by fame, fortune and power, something deep inside us celebrates at the sight of the humble and the lowly being lifted up? 

It isn’t just in religious contexts that we see this. No, we love it in our fairy tales (Cinderella, The Ugly Duckling) and our movies (think Rocky and Rudy, to name two). It appears God has wired us to rejoice at the truth conveyed by St. Paul: “God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God” (1 Cor:27-29). 

This paradox – that our deepest joy runs counter to our proud and greedy inclinations – is reflected most beautifully in the Beatitudes, Jesus’ perfect prescription for fullness of life as his disciple:

“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.”  
         Matthew 5:1-10