Not only does he make each of the Beatitudes extremely clear, I walked away from this book feeling excited that I could work on living these out more in my own life! My seven-year-old just memorized the Beatitudes at her school and after reading this book, I think we should all join her in that memorization as a family. I want to incorporate more conversations with the children about, not only what living out the Beatitudes looks like, but also what the opposite looks like so they can begin to gauge their own behavior. Here are some fabulous quotes although I underlined dozens of passages so it would be hard for me to include them all here!
Here’s what it looks like:Beatitude: Blessed are the merciful, for they will obtain mercy. Gift of the Spirit: Counsel Corresponding Virtue: Prudence Petition of the Lord's Prayer: And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Capital Sin: Greed
“If we neglect our spiritual hunger and suppress our thirst for holiness, then sloth wins and self-indulgence sets in. Try as we might, with all that we can muster, we will not be content with ourselves, other people, or our world. We will be stuck in a cycle of nervousness, denial, agitation, momentary euphoria, melancholy, and rampant anxiety.” But meekness can also inspire other virtues such as justice, righteous anger, obedience, and temperance. Meekness isn’t about “warm fuzzies,” about making ourselves and others feel good, or about being a pushover or a weakness. Meekness helps us pursue happiness by faithfully fulfilling our vocations and the duties of our state of life, and by always seeking God’s glory and the common good of our neighbors.”
“We can also be comforted when we mourn the fallen state of the world, knowing that we were not created for this broken place, but rather a kingdom that awaits us where sin and pain cannot be found.”This book is a delight to read! It’s not too long or too academic to understand. It was a joy to sit and learn more about the Beatitudes and I concur that Fr. Kirby is indeed one of the greatest spiritual writers of today! I think this would be a safe gift for anyone who likes reading Catholic books. It’s sure to cross all ages from young-adult and up and would also be good no matter where someone is at on their Catholic faith journey! Could you use some more more Beatitudes in your life? Read Kingdom of Happiness: Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life. Visit our Book Notes archive.
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Sterling Jay is a Catholic life coach. She is a wife and unschooling mom of 6 young children and lives in Boise, Idaho. She is a co-host of the Made For Greatness podcast. As an adult convert, she loves sharing her passion for the faith. She believes Catholic moms can change the world! Learn more at MadeForGreatness.co. See her books on Amazon!