The Good Sense of Jesus: A Commentary on the Beatitudes

The Good Sense of Jesus: A Commentary on the Beatitudes

by Iván Pertiné


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It is often said that living the Gospel is difficult. In reality, it is the easiest thing.

It is difficult to live without God, groping aimlessly, alone. It is easier to listen to him, belong to a Christian community, walk with others . . . . It is difficult to be alone, and it is difficult to live as a slave to your particular passions and the pressures and expectations of the world.

In contrast, life is made simpler, when we trust in the Word and give ourselves over to Christ.  The teaching of Christ is designed for the human heart. His teaching is sensible and it makes us sensible.

And so, he whoever practices the teachings of Sermon on the Mount, with the grace of God, will enter into the pathways of “the good sense of Jesus.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781505113341
Publisher: TAN Books
Publication date: 03/22/2019
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Fr. Iván Pertiné is the Director of the Saint John Society, a Society of Apostolic Life dedicated to the New Evangelization which works in Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, and the United States. Alter being ordained in 2001, Fr. Iván spent 14 years as a missionary priest in Argentina, where he led programs of evangelization for high school and college students, and among the poor. He has been serving in the United States for the last three years where he has charge of the Saint John Society's house of formation in Washington, DC and serves as the Catholic Chaplain at American University. Learn more about The Saint John Society at

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Spanish Edition xiii

Foreword to the English Edition xv

Introduction 1

The Humanity of Jesus 5

Jesus, the Glorious Man 5

Jesus Is Present and Comes to Serve Me 7

Salvation Comes From Jesus 8

God Calls You! 10

Life in Christ 12

Jesus Is the New Moses 12

Being a Disciple 13

Participation in the Life of Christ 16

The Human Nature of Jesus 18

The Spirit Connects Us With the Human Nature of Jesus 20

Christ Integrates Me Into Himself 22

Spiritual Life Grafts Us Into the Heart of Christ 25

Discernment 28

The Beatitudes 29

Exercise 31

Blessed Are the Poor: Introduction 38

What the Beatitude Is Not 40

Jesus Identifies Himself With the Poor 42

Blessed Are the Poor: Part 1 45

The Material Aspect of This Beatitude 45

The Feelings of the Good Shepherd 47

It Is Not an Easy Task 48

Exercise 50

Blessed Are the Poor: Part 2 54

The Spiritual Aspect of This Beatitude 54

Our Treasure 55

"Lord, Count on Me for Whatever You Want" 56

Doesn't Seek so Much for Self 59

Poverty of Spirit 59

Exercise 60

Blessed Are the Meek: Part 1 63

Knowing How to Suffer 63

The Beatitudes of the World 65

Man of Sorrows 67

The Wisdom of the Cross 72

The Greatest Expression of His Love 73

The Salvation of the Cross 74

The Sacrifice of the Apostle 77

Exercise 80

Blessed Are the Meek: Part 2 84

Knowing How to Wait 84

A Human Desire in Service of the Kingdom of God 85

The Land That the Meek Will Inherit 87

By Seeking, Working, Praying … It Is Attainable! 89

Patience on Our Path to the Priesthood 90

The Patience of the Sower 93

Ministers of the Future of the World 95

The Necessity of Great Desires 96

Don't Let Yourself Get Irritated 98

Self-Love 99

Meekness 102

Exercise 103

Blessed Are They Who Mourn 104

Spiritual Mourning 104

The Tears of the Apostle 105

Those Who Have the Sorrows of a Father 108

Renew Your Life Choice 109

Often, You Have to Sow in Tears, in the Midst of Afflictions 110

Priestly Affliction 113

The Cry of Compunction 115

Nostalgia for God 118

They Will Be Consoled 121

The Joy of Consolation From God 122

Exercise 124

Blessed Are They Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness: Part 1 126

Justice Is Holiness 126

What Does It Mean to Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness? 128

The Danger of Losing the Vertical Dimension in Consecrated Life 132

Life in Christ, the Transforming Factor 133

Love of God 137

Vocation; Hunger and Thirst for Prayer 138

Illuminative Life 139

The Presence of Christ in Our Lives 141

Blessed Are They Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness: Part 2 143

Called to Holiness 143

Human Hunger 145

Great Desires 146

Called to Give Everything 148

Exercise 152

Blessed Are the Clean of Heart 155

The Heart 157

Celibacy 160

Celibacy, a Gift of God 161

Celibate Heart 164

Father of Many 168

Spiritual Life 170

"Lord, I Have Given You Everything" 172

There Is a Renunciation 173

Exercise 174

Blessed Are the Merciful 176

Jesus Reveals the Human Face of the Merciful God 176

The Mercy of God Rejoices When the Sinner Draws Near 177

Mercy for Judging 179

Merciful Love 181

Mercy in Action; Jesus as Missionary 182

Exercise 187

Blessed Are the Peacemakers 190

Producer of Peace 190

Servants of Reconciliation 191

Fraternal Peace 191

Rising to the Level of the Calling 193

Malleability 194

Personal Peace 196

About Anxiety 197

Exercise 214

Blessed Are They Who Are Persecuted 215

The Joy of Persecution 215

Jesus Announces Persecutions and Exhorts Us to Persevere 216

Following Christ Is Being Open to Suffering Persecutions 219

Exercise 222

The Beatitudes and the Message 227

A Message That Reflects the Face of Christ 227

The New Situation in the Face of the Sermon on the Mount 229

Saints and Radicals 231

The Beatitudes and the Kingdom 235

Exercise 237

Conclusion: Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen and Have Believed 240

The Gospel Is Filled With and Penetrated by the Beatitudes 240

Concluding Meditation: Living the Sermon on the Mount Authentically 245

The Authenticity of Christ 245

Exercise 248

Appendix: An Examination of Conscience Based on the Beatitudes 251

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