Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
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
You suffer in this present life, which is only a dream, and a short one at that. Rejoice, because your Father God loves you so much, and if you put no obstacles in his way, after this bad dream he will give you a good awakening.
~ St. Josemaria Escriva
SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP
Day 2: Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Takeaway: The Beatitude definition of mourning is to have sorrow for our sins, and the sins of the world.
Reflection: “Then [Jesus] said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26: 38-39
Challenge: Who or What can I mourn for today?
- Acknowledge your physical pains and suffering and instead of complaining ask God for help to patiently endure.
- Acknowledge your own sin and make a commitment to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as soon as possible.
- Show compassion to others in their suffering. Find a way to offer assistance in carrying their burdens.
From the catechism
The Beatitudes teach us the final end to which God calls us: the Kingdom, the vision of God, participation in the divine nature, eternal life, filiation, rest in God
Illness and suffering have always been among the gravest problems confronted in human life. In illness, man experiences his powerlessness, his limitations, and his finitude. Every illness can make us glimpse death.
Illness can lead to anguish, self-absorption, sometimes even despair and revolt against God. It can also make a person more mature, helping him discern in his life what is not essential so that he can turn toward that which is. Very often illness provokes a search for God and a return to him.
Let Us Pray
I want to be happy. Keep me from envy and the misery of this world. Help me to hope in you and to always be docile to your will in my life. I see the fallenness in my heart and in the world around me.
I’m in mourning and grief. I wait for you. Come to me and bless me with your consolation. Bring me into your kingdom! Bless me with happiness.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.