beatitudes

Jan Brueghel the Elder, The Sermon on the Mount
The Beatitudes begin with ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, theirs is the kingdom of God.’Poverty of spirit does not take away joy in life. Quite the contrary, it is the gateway to joy, because it enables us to surrender to ultimate reliance on God, which leads to freedom.        Paradoxically, then, we are truly rich.  Reliance on God may sound like a recipe for laziness, as if we needed to do nothing on our own.  But the reality is the...
God and Creation
Various places within our everyday experience hint that ordinary experience contains more than just the ordinary, that God is there. One such experience is that of a mother comforting a frightened child at night, using soothing words and gestures to assure the child that he or she need not be afraid, that everything’s all right, the world is in order. In saying this, the mother is expressing something of the confidence implicit in the creed. Another such intimation of the divine within ordinary...