The Beatitudes are the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-10). In short, if we live by these rules, we will live happy, fulfilling lives. It is the one way God showed us how we can achieve greatness as Christians. He asked us to be perfect, like our Father in Heaven when He spoke these words, these Beatitudes, to the crowd that day.
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
- Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
- Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
- Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
- Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
The Beatitudes reveal the goal of human existence, the ultimate purpose of human acts; God calls us to his own beatitude. This vocation is addressed to each individual personally, but also to the Church as a whole, the new people made up of those who have accepted the promise and live from it in faith – CCC 1719.