Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Unexpected Way to Real Peace

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Poverty is an inner attitude. It is being open to what God offers in new and unexpected ways and detaching from our attitude of expectation.
“Blessed are the meek: they shall inherit the earth.”
Society rewards competition and aggressiveness, but gentleness and humility can be more powerful. We can be too harsh on others and ourselves. We must strive for self-acceptance
“Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
One aspect of mourning is judging our life based on our expectations. We may need to say goodbye to illusions about our life. All decisions have a deficit; making a decision means we give up something else and often that must be mourned and then let go.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Peace can only blossom if justice exists. "Justice for all" means I must treat myself justly and consider that something may be right for me, but it is not right for others.
“Blessed are the merciful for they will obtain mercy.”
Many of us carry within us a hurt child. Mercy is to lovingly accept and have a heart for this wounded child. This child will mature lovingly in God's womb.
“Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God.”
The goal of our spiritual journey is to transform ourselves in pureness, light and the reflection of the Divine.
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.”
We have inner adversaries that need acceptance. Having peace within is accepting our body image and character flaws.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Jesus' dignity didn't depend on his outward body during his crucifixion. His image remained proud and intact.

Reflections from The Beatitudes: The Eightfold Path to Holiness. Retreat led by Father Thomas Leitner.
St. Benedict Center Schuyler