Beatitudes BY: Stefania Salvo

Beatitudes Introduction

The Beatitudes are the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus teaches us that if we live according to the Beatitudes, we will live a happy Christian life. The Beatitudes fulfill God’s promises made to Abraham and his descendants and describe the rewards that will be ours as loyal followers of Christ.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Explanation

In keeping with His theme of spiritual blessedness, Jesus seems to indicate that this mourning is due to grief over sin. If we agree with God about the evil of our own sin we can reach the "enviable state of blessedness," due to the comfort we receive from communion with the Holy Spirit. Jesus called the Holy Spirit the Comforter. The Spirit comforts those who are honest about their own sin and humble enough to ask for forgiveness and healing. Those who hide their sin or try to justify it before God can never know the comfort that comes from a pure heart.

"If you cry, it will get better" is the meaning of this second Beatitude, says Brittany, age 6. Brittany, if you cry for the right reasons, you will indeed get better because God will comfort you

Why I picked this Beatitude?

I picked this Beatitude because I belive that in hard times its easy to get lost, especially when we loose someone we love so much. But in such hard times, we need to maintain our faith and this Beatitude helps us with that. We mourn and we will have comfort provided by God which is the best comfort we can get. I picked this beatitude to remind myself that even through, we face the hardest time in our lives (which I believe is the loss of a loved one) God will help us regain our hapiness by conforting us. But not only mourning for the people, but morning for our sins, and the offense they have on our creator. I also picked this Beatitude becuase I feel I lack the strength of mourning for my sins, but someday I will and God will help me find comfort.

Real Life exampleS

  • The families and friends of the victims of 9-11 are in despair, but the Lord shall provide for them, whether now or in the future.
  • A person loses a very close family member. God provides for that person by allowing them to reunite in the hereafter.
  • A family is torn apart and a child vanishes. The parents never find the child in this life, but the family is reunited in the next world.

Media

I remembered this poem that my mom always read to me as a child. I kind of related it to this Beatitude. I reminded me how in hard times God carries us / comforts us like in this Beatitude. And we might think that God is not with us during hard times, but if we maintain our faith we realize how he is always with us and comforting us, to help us make peace with our loss.

I picked these three paintings, because in all three we can see a sad person and beside them God comforting them. And I notice how God is ALWAYS with us through hard times, helping us make peace with the things that might trouble us, helping us reach comfort. Yet we also have to mourn for the sins we commit, since its an offense to our creator; after we mourn he will comfort us and guides us towards peace.

Significance

This Beatitude is significant and not only to Christians, even if they don't follow the sins that we Christians belive in. They know what are bad actions and if the make peace with it, God will heal them and help them reach healing and comfort.

Info CITATIONs

  • http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/scripture-and-tradition/catholic-basics/catholic-beliefs-and-practices/the-beatitudes
  • http://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-living-out-beatitudes.html
  • https://www.gotquestions.org/blessed-are-those-who-mourn.html

Picture Citations

  • https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/d5/ee/89/d5ee897a1f5a29d3a5f0a8d0f1f52f15.jpg
  • https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/88/5c/31/885c31c83e6108fed942ac2fcee8c0b3.jpg
  • https://dunked.cdn.speedyrails.net/assets/prod/6471/950x0_p198gibc28s3c7ra7dv1t6f1asp5.jpg

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