From the Pastor – November 1, 2015 new orleans mass times“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” (Mk 5:1)


The Nine Beatitudes are the roadmap to happiness, holiness, and Heaven.  They sound so wonderful, but they stand in stark contrast to the path that the world tell us will make us happy.  We should listen carefully to Jesus:

The world tells us that happiness is found in wealth. Jesus says, rather, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.”

The world tells us we’re happy when we don’t have anything to worry about.  “Don’t worry, be happy.  Prozac Nation!”  Jesus says, “Blessed are those who mourn”: blessed are those who are saddened by the suffering and sinfulness they witness in the world.

The world tells that that strength and power make us happy.  Contrast that to the humility of Jesus, who tells us: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”

The world glorifies unbridled sexuality as the ideal through mass media, advertising and pornography. Jesus says “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.”

The world tells us to accept, and even indulge in whatever appetite we desire.  “If it feels good, do it!” On the other hand, Jesus counsels: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for holiness, for they will be satisfied.”

The world tells us to celebrate our victories by dominating our opposition.  “Win!  Win!  Win!”  Jesus says “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” and “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

Our current American “political correctness” warns us to “be tolerant, be nice, be all-inclusive, don’t judge anyone, no matter what they do or how they act.”  Jesus says, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”

What is the point of the Beatitudes?  Could it be that the world is wrong?

(Rev. Msgr.) Christopher H. Nalty