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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Blessed are….Matt 5: 3-16

3“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  (Matthew 5:3-11)

Aren’t  the Beatitudes comforting?  Did you ever notice that after our Lord states these he goes on to say: 

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

And then even this:

4 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

These passages from Matthew 5 are so comforting.  These passages make me yearn for a spiritual group of like-minded women that I can turn to and study with.  Although I know the local bible study at my parish is at quite a terrible time, I am considering it.  I am also considering joining a spiritual apostolate as I know deeply my heart needs such communion with others who are taking their spiritual journey seriously.

Please pray for me as I begin on a path of finding the right spiritual enrichment situation.  I adore Opus Dei, but the meetings are generally too far and too long in between, although I have every book St. Josemaria Escriva wrote.  I know I would like OD people.  I suppose I could start some kind of a group at our parish, but I lead so many things now, I feel I would rather something else bigger than I were in charge, and perhaps wasn’t at our church but elsewhere.

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