To say that the words of Jesus are powerful is an understatement. His words are written on the hearts and souls of all Christians who trust in Him and believe that He is our Lord and Savior. Even relatively short passages found in the Gospel can have an infinite impact on our lives.
One of the most beautiful and encouraging of those passages can be found in Matthew: 5-7. It relates how Jesus sat down on a mountainside and taught His disciples which people are truly blessed and why. The teaching is known as the Beatitudes.
In June of 2017, Pope Francis spoke about the Beatitudes in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. The pontiff said that to be comforted, we must have an open heart. And to have an open heart, he said, we should have a heart like that of “the poor.” Pope Francis explained that “the heart opens with an attitude of poverty, poverty of the spirit: those who know how to weep, the meek, meekness of heart; those who hunger for justice, who fight for justice; those who are merciful, who have mercy towards others; the pure of heart; the peacemakers and those who are persecuted for justice, for love of justice.” He added that “in this way the heart opens and the Lord comes with his gift of comfort and the mission to comfort others.”
Pope Francis isn’t the only person to find powerful inspiration in the Beatitudes. Throughout the years, several books have been written about the sacred teaching. Some of those books have become classics. They’ve been passed down from generation to generation. Here are just seven of those books.