Pope Francis: Beatitudes are to be a Christian's Identity Card and Life Plan
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, in a world where \"it is so easy to become part of corruption,\" blessed are the meek in a world where \"everywhere there is hatred,\" Blessed are the merciful, because \"we are all an Army of forgiven, \"Blessed are the peacemakers, for in a world where\" it is so common amongst us to be war-makers or perpetrators of misunderstandings\" like those who "gossip\"
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The Beatitudes are a Christian's "identity card" and "life plan", said Pope Francis at Mass Monday morning at Casa Santa Marta, during which he described gossipers as "enemies of peace".
Vatican Radio reported that, reflecting on the Gospel reading of the day on the Beatitudes, Pope Francis noted that "if you ask yourself how to become a good Christian, this is where you can find Jesus's answer, an answer - he said - that points to an attitude that is currently very much against the tide: Blessed are the poor in spirit. Wealth - Francis pointed out - offers no guarantee, in fact - he continued - when the heart is rich and self-satisfied, it has no place for the Word of God: "Blessed are they who mourn for they will be comforted".
The world tells us that happiness, joy and entertainment are the best things in life. And it looks the other way when there are problems of disease or pain in the family. The world does not want to suffer, it prefers to ignore painful situations, to cover them up. Only the person who sees things as they are, and whose heart mourns, will be happy and will be comforted. Thanks to the consolation of Jesus, not to that of the world. Blessed are the meek in this world which is filled with wars, arguments, hatred. And Jesus says: no war, no hatred. Peace and meekness."
Pope Francis continued saying "if you are meek in life, people will think you are not clever". Let them think that - he said - "but you are meek because with this meekness you will inherit the Earth". "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness". It is so easy - the Pope observed - to become part of the corrupt and referred to "that daily approach of '- Everything is business". How much injustice does that approach cause - he noted - and how many people suffer because of injustice. And Jesus says: "Blessed are they who fight against injustice. Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy". The merciful - the Pope said - "those who forgive and understand the mistakes of others". Jesus - he pointed out - does not say "blessed are they who seek revenge".
"Blessed are they who forgive, who are merciful. Because we are all part of an army of people who have been forgiven! We have all been forgiven. That is why blessed is he who undertakes this path of forgiveness. Blessed are the pure of heart, they who have a simple, pure heart without dirt, a heart that knows how to love with purity. Blessed are peace-makers. But it is so common amongst us to be war-makers or perpetrators of misunderstandings! When I hear something from one person, and I go and say it to someone else in a second, enlarged, edition... the world of gossip. People who gossip, who do not make peace, are enemies of peace. They are not blessed".
"Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness". How many people - Pope Francis said - have been persecuted, "and continue to be persecuted simply for having fought for justice". And recalling the Beatitudes, the Pope pointed out that they represent "a program for life offered to us by Jesus": "So simple and yet so difficult".
And he said: "if we are searching for more, Jesus gives us other indications" as written in the Gospel according to Matthew, chapter 25: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was ill and you cared for me, I was in prison and you visited me". With these two things - the Beatitudes and Matthew 25 - "one can live a holy, Christian life".
"Few words, simple words, but practical for all. Because Christianity is a practical religion: it is not just to be imagined, it is to be practiced. If you have some time at home today, take the Gospel, Matthew's Gospel, chapter five. At the beginning there are the Beatitudes; in chapter 25 the rest. And it will do you good to read them once, twice, three times. Read this program for holiness. May the Lord give us the grace to understand his message".
First Daughter, Ivanka Trump holds groundbreaking meeting with human trafficking survivors in Rome Watch
After a visit with Pope Francis Wednesday, Ivanka Trump met a group of human trafficking survivors, calling them examples of strength and ... continue reading
After what has been deemed a terrorist attack killed 22 people - mostly youth - at a theater in Manchester Monday night, local Bishop John ... continue reading
ISIS suicide bomb explodes during Ariana Grande concert full of young innocent fans - kills 22, severely injures many Watch
Twenty-two people are dead after a ball bearing bomb exploded during an Ariana Grande concert in England's Manchester Arena. Over 100 more ... continue reading
Pope Francis will deliver his fifth speech on the present and future of Europe during an event organized by the Commission of the European ... continue reading
Trump leaves U.S.: Everything you need to know about President's schedule for first overseas trip Watch
President Trump takes off today for his first overseas trip as President. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The president's first trip is ... continue reading