DAY EIGHT – BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED

Blessed are THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS’ SAKE,

FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

 

 

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY?

 

What does it mean to be “blessed”? In this case, blessed comes from the Greek word, Makarios, meaning: supremely blessed, by extension fortunate, well off, blessed, happy.

When we live the message of the Beatitudes, we experience what it is like to “be blessed,” and we serve as a conduit of God’s blessing to others.

WISDOM of the saints

Why should we defend ourselves when we are misunderstood and misjudged? Let us leave that aside. Let us not say anything. It is so sweet to let others judge us in any way they like. O blessed silence, which gives so much peace to the soul!

~ St.Therese of Lisieux

 

SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP

Day 8: Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Takeaway: Living a life dedicated to God confuses the world. This can lead to us being made fun of, being ostracized, and even
persecuted. This is not always easy to deal with, but God calls us to stay faithful and witness to the truth.
Reflection: “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” John 16:33
Challenge: How can I witness to God’s truth today?

Examples:

  1. Pray for God’s strength to speak, act and suffer for righteousness.
  2. Find a Saint who died a martyr for the faith and pray for their intercession to live boldly for the gospel
  3. Give up Fear! Remember Jesus said: And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both the soul and the body in hell. – Matthew 10:28

 

From the catechism

 

Christ’s whole life was lived under the sign of persecution. His own share it with him (cf. Jn 15:20).

CCC 530

The Decalogue, the Sermon on the Mount, and the apostolic catechesis describe for us the paths that lead to the Kingdom of Heaven. Sustained by the grace of the Holy Spirit, we tread them, step by step, by everyday acts. by the working of the WOrd of Christ, we slowly bear fruit in the Church to the glory of God.

CCC 1724

The Beatitudes of eternal life is a gratuitous gift of God. It is supernatural, as is the grace that leads us there.

CCC 1727

Let us Pray

All-Powerful Father,

You sent us your SOn, your Happiness; help me to live with him so that I may be happy. Open my heart and show me your loving kindness.

Keep misery and darkness far from me.

Come to me, Father, and bless me with your beatitude. Bring me into your kingdom! Show me happiness.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen