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GeE 80: Blessed Are The Merciful

Do you suppose the fifth Beatitude is a favorite of the Holy Father? He suggests mercy is a matter of both kindly action as well as an attitude toward others. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” 80. … Continue reading

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GeE 79: Pursuing Justice For The Poor And Weak

Pope Francis seems to be swimming against the political current in the US and many other countries. The good thing about that is that many Christians are being confronted in significant ways about their priorities. The Holy Father is right … Continue reading

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GeE 78: Justice Without Pettiness

A description of business-as-usual: 78. Jesus offers a justice other than that of the world, so often marred by petty interests and manipulated in various ways. Experience shows how easy it is to become mired in corruption, ensnared in the … Continue reading

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GeE 77: The Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness

The fourth Beatitude reads: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” Pope Francis cites intensity, and I think that differs from a person who merely wants or prefers something: 77. Hunger and thirst … Continue reading

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GeE 76: Sympathy For Pain And Sorrow

76. A person who sees things as they truly are and sympathizes with pain and sorrow is capable of touching life’s depths and finding authentic happiness.* The footnote here is lengthier than usual: * From the patristic era, the Church … Continue reading

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GeE 75: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

This paragraph and the next address, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” 75. The world tells us exactly the opposite: entertainment, pleasure, diversion and escape make for the good life. The worldly person ignores problems of sickness … Continue reading

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GeE 74: Interior Poverty and Meekness

74. Meekness is yet another expression of the interior poverty of those who put their trust in God alone. When I think of the religious warrior-types–those who make it their business to police their sister and brother believers, it could … Continue reading

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