Thursday, February 19, 2009

Start with Yourself. Transform the World.

Here is a beautiful and wise re-vision of the beatitudes, written by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia:

Blessed are those who are willing to enter into the process of being healed, for they will become healers.

Blessed are those who recognize their own inner violence, for they will come to know nonviolence.

Blessed are those who can forgive self, for they will become forgivers.

Blessed are those who are willing to let go of selfishness and self-centeredness, for they will become a healing presence.

Blessed are those who listen with compassion, for they will become compassionate.

Blessed are those who are willing to enter into conflict, for they will find transformation.

Blessed are those who know their interdependence with all of creation, for they will become unifiers.

Blessed are those who live in a contemplative life stance, for they will find God in all things.

Blessed are those who strive to live these beatitudes, for they will be reconcilers

May we be the healers. May we be the peace makers. May we be the reconcilers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love the Sisters' version--I remember memorizing the Beatitudes when I was a kid---------Looking forward to postings of the sermons I missed! Marilyn