In general the Beatitudes embrace whatever pertains to the perfection of
Christian life, and they invite us to the practice of the highest Christian
virtues. In different forms they all promise the same reward, namely,
sanctifying grace in this life and eternal glory in the next. They offer us encouragement and consolation for
every trial and affliction. The eight Beatitudes are:
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
- Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the land.
- Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
- Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice, for they shall be filled.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
- Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
- Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice sake, for theirs is the kingdom of
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