In the great opening verses of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus lays out, in short order, his ethical and spiritual program. It turns all of our customary expectations and prejudices upside down. To be “happy,” fulfilled, we must empty the self, become meek, learn how to sorrow, hunger not for egotistic satisfaction but for justice, work for peace, and become the objects of persecution. Strange, puzzling, unnerving, counter-intuitive–and the key to joy.
The Beatitudes: A Spiritual Program
Cycle AOrdinary TimeWeek 4
by Bishop Robert BarronJanuary 30, 2005
- “Fatima”: A Family Moviegoing Experience in Re-release
- “Chronicles of Faith: David”—Introducing Scripture to a New Generation
- How the Films of Terrence Malick Can Teach Christian Meditation
- What Does God Want for Me?
- Think, Think, Think!
- First Impressions: A Former Presbyterian Is “Surprised by Mary”
- “The Chosen,” Season 2: Getting Jesus the God-Man Right
- Christ at the Center: Gerard Manley Hopkins’ “As kingfishers catch fire”
- Louis Marie de Montfort and the Spirituality of “Totus Tuus”
- Becoming a Friend, Healer, and Teacher
- The Hard World and How to Restore Mercy to a Merciless Age
- Kaplan Interview, Part II: “Our Victim Is a Better Victim Than Your Victim”
- St. Joseph: Worker, Teacher, and Icon of Jesus
- Bishop Barron on Should Suffering Shake Our Faith?
- Kaplan Interview, Part I: Girard, Scapegoating, and the Antidote to Annihilation
- Getting St. Peter’s Sermon Right