Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mt 5/1-12
The beatitudes are not a new set of commandments added to those proclaimed on Sinai. Instead of being normative, they are descriptive, a portrait of the life that is possible for those who believe in the love and compassion of God. The portrait is impossible to live up to perfectly, but we are all invited to do our best to use it as a paradigm for Christian life. Moreover the promise is that those who do so will be he "happy" which is what "blessed" means. The way to happiness we are told is to be found in the service of others.
read the padre
Once upon a time, long, long ago in a country far, far away, there lived in the County of Kildare, a very holy woman named Brigid. She was in fact the abbess of a monastery of brothers and nuns with a few priests. Brigid was a very effective abbess. The monastery was always neat and clean, the sacred hours were sung punctually and well, the fields were well maintained, the animals well groomed and they were never permitted inside the monastery save when the poor dears might perish from the cold when the weather turned cold. Moreover, while the Holy Brigid ruled firmly, she was kind and good and everyone loved her. As she grew older she spent much of her time in the chapel praying, though some smart mouth novices said she was sleeping. As the older monks pointed out to them, in Ireland sleeping and praying were the same thing.
WELL, one day she was praying and up in
heaven Himself said to Michael, "You know that woman works very hard and does a fine
job. Why don't you go down there, Micky, and offer her one wish. Michael knew that such
offers were always a dicey business, but, like the good angel he was, he did what he was
told. He went down to Kildare and into the chapel and tapped the Holy Abbess on the
shoulder. Brigie, he said, Himself says I should offer you one wish, whatever it is, and
he'll grant it to you.
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