Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness

Matthew 5:6 Before becoming a world-famous theologian, Thomas Aquinas was kidnapped by his own family and locked in a tower for trying to join the new “wild and crazy” Order of Preachers. As noble cousins of the Holy Roman Emperor, they wanted nothing to do with these mendicant riff-raff, and they certainly didn’t want their brilliant son wandering off with them after he had been groomed to become the abbot of Monte Cassino. While Thomas was locked away, one of his sisters would sneak up to see him and talk about spiritual matters. One day she asked Thomas: “What does it take to be a saint?” With not so much as a pause Thomas replied, “To really wantto be one.” As we continue our journey through the beatitudes, today we...

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness

The Beatitudes Matthew 5:10 Fr. Pino Puglisi was a priest of the Diocese of Palermo, Italy, who was killed by the mafia on September 15th, 1993, on the day of his 56th birthday and on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. When interrogated during the trial, one of the killers said that Fr. Pino’s last words when he saw them approaching were “I’ve been waiting for you”. Fr. Pino was well aware that the help he had been offering to the people of his parish was a real disturbance to the mafia establishment. Since his arrival at the Brancaccio neighborhood three years prior, he had tirelessly been preaching to his people that they could say “no” to violence and thus be freed from the slavery of ignorance and criminality. He knew that a Gospel preached and lived out in...

Blessed are the meek

Blessed are the meek

2 Timothy 2:24 Who are the meek? The meek are humble people who don’t push others around in order to affirm themselves. Gentle people who, even if oppressed or taken advantage of, don’t respond in the same way, because they are confident in the greater plan of God. Patient people, interiorly strong, but not passive. The beatitude of meekness contradicts our everyday experience, where to win and come out on top, it is necessary to be overbearing. The constant temptation is to become powerful through the use of violence and to dominate others out of fear of losing one’s own life. The meek person does not dominate by force and does not respond to evil with evil; it is to be like Jesus. Jesus lets himself be seized by the hands of his persecutors, representatives of...