Skip to comments.Catholic Word of the Day: BEATITUDES, 03-27-14
Posted on 03/27/2014 7:49:29 AM PDT by Salvation
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The promises of happiness made by Christ to those who faithfully accept his teaching and follow his divine example. Preached in the Sermon on the Mount, they are recorded in St. Matthew (5:3-11) and in St. Luke (6:20-22).?26? In Matthew there are eight (or nine) blessings of a spiritual nature, applicable to all Christians; in Luke there are four blessings of a more external character, addressed to the disciples. Luke's version also includes four maledictions threatened on those who do the opposite. In both versions, the beatitudes are expressions of the New Covenant, where happiness is assured already in this life, provided a person totally gives himself to the imitation of Christ.
IN THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW
"How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy the gentle: the shall have the earth for their heritage.
Happy those who mourn: they shall be comforted.
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right: they shall be satisfied.
Happy the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.
Happy the pure in heart: they shall see God.
Happy the peacemakers: they shall be called sons of God.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven; this how they persecuted the prophets before you" (Matthew 5:3-12).
IN THE GOSPEL OF LUKE
"How happy are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God.
Happy you who are hungry now: you shall be satisfied.
Happy you who weep now: you shall laugh.
Happy you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the son of Man. Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, for then your reward will be great in heaven. This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets.
But alas for you who are rich: you are having your consolation now.
Alas for you who have your fill now: you shall go hungry.
Alas for you who laugh now: you shall mourn and weep.
Alas for you when the world speaks well of you! This was the way their ancestors treated the false prophets" (Luke 6:20-26).
All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
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Based upon your perspective of the “beatitudes”, why do RCs strike out so vehemently defending themselves and the cultish Roman organization when someone with a biblical perspective points out their error? Shouldn’t they “rejoice”? All I notice around here is angry, vitriolic, snarky remarks promoting more Roman error.
You don’t notice that most of the snarky remarks are from Protestants? That’s how it seems to me.
Assuming that 49% of the embittered, harsh comments were by RCs, how does that comport with your understanding of the “beatitudes”? And, if this is handled at some kind of absolution in a confessional, does the typical RC simply say, “I confess I wrote some snarky material on FR.” and then comes right back to the keyboard? There seems to be a disconnect with RC theology which claims that while Jesus is calling all RCS to a very high and holy lifestyle, they don’t really need to behave this way since they simply go get a “paternoster” spanking and get back at it. I’m curious.
I will pray that you get the word of the Gospel.
Christ: “Love one another as I have loved you.”
I appreciate your prayers, but I suspect if they are directed at Mary or one of the other fellows you folks venerate, they will be to no avail. You see, it is God and God alone Who is wielding the power unto salvation. It is His choice and His choice alone that will grant salvation. Perhaps a good study of Paul’s letter to the Romans will help you understand the true Gospel of Christ. What you are focusing on is the Law. Hermeneutics, my FRiend, hermeneutics.
** it is God and God alone Who is wielding the power unto salvation**
Catholics know this. We only ask Mary to pray for us.
There’s always one more, isn’t there. One more protestant with those same arguments, who wants to take us on the merry-go-round yet another time.
The same assertions, the same misunderstandings, the same false accusations. How many times are we supposed to do this?
Does it make you as tired as it does me?
“Assuming that 49% of the embittered, harsh comments were by RCs”
Assume rather that 2% were, while 98% of the complaints about embittered, harsh comments were by Protestants.
Several times down the years I have challenged Protestants to produce some abusive comments by Catholics. No one has ever been able to do so.
And how does that happen?