The Ladder of the Beatitudes

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Drawing on stories from the lives of the saints, scripture, and everyday life, Jim Forest opens up the mysteries of the beatitudes. These ancient blessings, with which Christ began his Sermon on the Mount, are all aspects of communion with God. As Forest shows, they are like rungs on a ladder, each one leading to the next. They appear at the doorway of the New Testament to provide an easily memorized summary of everything that follows, right down to the crucifixion ("Blessed are you who are persecuted") and the ...
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Drawing on stories from the lives of the saints, scripture, and everyday life, Jim Forest opens up the mysteries of the beatitudes. These ancient blessings, with which Christ began his Sermon on the Mount, are all aspects of communion with God. As Forest shows, they are like rungs on a ladder, each one leading to the next. They appear at the doorway of the New Testament to provide an easily memorized summary of everything that follows, right down to the crucifixion ("Blessed are you who are persecuted") and the resurrection ("Rejoice and be glad").
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Forest, a convert to the Russian Orthodox Church and general secretary of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, has written a short volume of reflections on the Beatitudes of Jesus. They are sermons in the original sense of the word, informal chats with historical, personal, and homely examples and comparisons. They are certain to offer comfort, knowledge, and inspiration to Christians seeking sources for meditation on the words of Jesus. For most collections strong in Christian spirituality. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570752452
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 264,389
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Rung by rung 1
Teacher and healer 3
A man born blind 5
Matthew, the narrator 10
Beginning at the beginning 13
The setting 15
Blessed 17
Blessed are the poor in spirit ... 21
... for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 31
Blessed are they who mourn ... 38
... for they shall be comforted. 46
Blessed are the meek ... 48
... for they shall inherit the earth. 59
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness ... 62
... for they shall be satisfied. 75
Blessed are the merciful ... 78
... for they shall obtain mercy. 86
Blessed are the pure in heart ... 89
... for they shall see God. 104
Blessed are the peacemakers ... 108
... for they will be called children of God. 130
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness ... Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me ... 135
... for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ... Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you. 149
Notes 159
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