The Beatitudes are good news for those weathering storms in our lives. Those who mourn will be comforted, those who are hungry will be filled, those who are meek will inherit the earth. These are pretty powerful words. Today on All Saints Day, we have many models who can attest through their lives that these mysterious words are factual.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven Matthew assures us at the end of the Beatitudes. Run the race with your eyes glued to the final prize and you will have all these promises. St. Francis and St. Clare did. St. Ignatius did. St. Therese did. At the end of our day, we will overcome and be welcomed into heaven with great joy by all these holy men and women who have proceeded us and shown us the way. What a wonder to be part of such a great cloud of witnesses!
Which beatitude gives you strength for the journey?
Is there a beloved saint that you are especially grateful for modeling how to live?
All you holy men and women,
saints of long ago,
you show me the path
to the Way of Life
and bring joy to my heart.
Teach me your ways
and let me learn from you.