beatitudes with attitude

“The text i like best” – share your favourite version of the beatitudes here, and be inspired by the readings others have made. Please email your words to andrew at wecan.be (if you’re copying from a book or another website, please credit the original author)

Be-attitudinal Receptivity

If you were raised Christian, you are probably familiar with the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12). They’re one of most commonly memorized texts in Sunday school (along with the Ten Commandments and the Twenty-third Psalm). These eight short sayings (called “beatitudes” because they all begin with the phrase “Blessed are . . .”) lay out Jesus’ core […]

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Saint Francis’ Beatitude Spirituality

Franciscan spirituality proceeds from the counterintuitive spirituality of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12). Read them and see how Francis exemplifies each one so well. While the Ten Commandments are about creating social order (a good thing), the eight Beatitudes of Jesus are all about incorporating what seems like disorder, a very different level of consciousness. With the Beatitudes, there […]

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Remember – You’re Blessed When..

You’re blessed when you hit rock bottom. Because then you can rely on God to go to work for you. You’re blessed when you mourn. That means you feel compassion and empathy for others. You begin to understand that we are all one. You’re blessed when you are humble and authentic. That is worth way […]

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Pope Francis’ Modern Beatitudes

The Pope has offered a new list of Beatitudes at a Catholic Mass in Malmo, Sweden. At the Mass, which took place at the conclusion of his ecumenical trip to the country, Pope Francis highlighted the lives of the Swedish saints Elizabeth Hesselblad and Bridget of Vadstena. The best description of the saints, their “identity […]

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The Beatitudes Are Relevant Today

Eric Simpson The principles of the Beatitudes are missing in the contemporary Church, regardless of affiliation, and in the world. Maybe one of the problems is that the Beatitudes seem strange and even sappy to contemporary ears, or as small comforts to big problems. Another may be that few Christians, including myself, are able to […]

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Some Modern Beatitudes

Nadia Bolz Weber This Summer when I was at the Greenbelt Festival in the UK, I stood on the top of a tall grassy hill and I and 2 of my dear friends, Padraig and Doug[1], each preached on the beatitudes. The event was called Sermons on the Mount and it was my very favorite […]

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Blessed Are The Single-Hearted

“Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace. If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you will know what His will is.” ― Amy Carmichael

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The Blessed Are The Helped

“HELPED are those who are content to be themselves; they will never lack mystery in their lives and the joys of self-discovery will be constant. HELPED are those who love the entire cosmos rather than their own tiny country, city, or farm, for to them will be shown the unbroken web of life and the […]

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Living The Beatitudes Today

If you already know what the beatitudes are, you will know that living out the beatitudes is very important for a Christian. The purpose of the beatitudes is to inspire you to act in certain ways. Therefore, living them out is absolutely at the heart of the matter. Simple Acts of the Beatitudes The best […]

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Blessed Are Those Who Bless

Blessed are those who refuse to take vengeance, blessed are those who cause no harm, blessed are those who break the cycles of slaughter, blessed are those who bless and do not curse   Blessed are those who resist the temptations of power – who refuse to gather it to themselves. Blessed are the little […]

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Blessed Are The Persecuted…

The way the Australian Government is (re)interpreting the text in relation to asylum seekers http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-07/clarke-and-dawe–an-exciting-new-interpretation-of/5655400 Clarke and Dawe: An Exciting New Interpretation of The Text Updated Thu at 2:54pmThu 7 Aug 2014, 2:54pm An Important Government Functionary. One of many. Source: Clarke and Dawe | Duration: 2min 33sec

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Rob Bell’s Modern Beatitudes

Rob Bell recently tweeted a modern telling of The Beatitudes and my friend Jonathan Blundell (@jdblundell) gathered them up and posted them on his blog “Stranger In A Strange Land“. Here they are: Blessed are those who don’t have it all together. Blessed are those who have run out of  strength, ideas, will power, resolve, or energy. Blessed […]

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