Blessed are the pure of heart

Blessed are the pure of heart

Matthew 5:8   I have never been a particularly sporty person. At school, my friends would run cross-country to qualify in the top six. Every year, I was amazed to have arrived at the finish line and find myself still alive. My friends were amazed instead to find an A on my P.E. report. Our P.E. teacher took the opportunity to teach one of life’s lessons: “everyone’s physical abilities and results are different but what I wanted to award is the effort, passion, and enthusiasm with which one approaches the activities. We can call it the heart-factor.” Jesus, too, when he proclaimed the beatitudes, took into consideration the heart-factor. Not as the condition for an A+ on the report card, but for the most immense joy of man: to see God. A pure...