The Meek

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” What exactly is meekness?  The New Oxford American Dictionary on my computer tells me that the word meek means “quiet, gentle, and easily imposed upon; submissive.”  These are not qualities that our culture holds in high-esteem.  Take “quiet” for example.  Susan Cain’s excellent book Quiet … More The Meek

Mourners

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” This beatitude is straightforward enough.  I can fully identify with what it means to mourn the loss of someone or something in life.  The comfort on the consequent of Jesus’s statement is just the right kind of promise for those who have experienced loss.  It’s … More Mourners

Poor in Spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirt, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” As a parent of five, I have been meditating a lot on Jesus’s opening beatitude from his Sermon on the Mount, because I often feel very poor in spirit when all five of my children are loudly demanding that their needs be … More Poor in Spirit