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Among Women Espresso Shot #44: Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness

Among Women Espresso Shot #44: Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness

In this latest Among Women Espresso Shot, we conclude this series on the beatitudes by taking up the final beatitude from Matthew 5:10: “Blessed are who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

This completes the 9-podcast series devoted to reviewing the Beatitudes that open Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. In this podcast, as with the previous ones in this series, I’m examining how this important beatitude not only reflects Jesus and his lived experience, but it also has import for the Christian life, while it very obviously points us toward heaven.

Listen here.

Previous podcasts in the Beatitudes series: To listen in order, begin with #36.

AW Espresso Shot 43: Blessed are the peacemakers
AW Espresso Shot 42: Blessed are the pure in heart
AW Espresso Shot 41:  Blessed are the merciful
AW Espresso Shot 40: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
AW Espresso Shot 39: Blessed are the meek
AW Espresso Shot 38: Blessed are those who mourn
AW Espresso Shot 37: Blessed are the poor in spirit
AW Espresso Shot 36: An overview of the Beatitudes

Among Women Espresso Shot #43: Blessed are the peacemakers

Among Women Espresso Shot #43: Blessed are the peacemakers

In this Among Women Espresso Shot, I examine the seventh Beatitude from Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be children of God.” (NAB)

This is the part of a 9-podcast series devoted to reviewing the eight Beatitudes that open Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. In this podcast, as with the previous ones in this series, I’m examining how peacemaking not only reflects Jesus, but it ought to be part of our vocation and, finally, point us toward heaven.

Listen here. Or find this episode on iTunes or iHeart Radio. 

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Among Women Espresso Shot #42: Blessed are the pure in heart

Among Women Espresso Shot #42: Blessed are the pure in heart

In this latest episode of Among Women, Espresso Shot #42, we still discussing the Beatitudes. Our topic is Matthew 5:8:  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

This is the seventh podcast in a 9-podcast series devoted to reviewing the eight Beatitudes that open Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. In this podcast, as with the previous ones in this series, I’m using the same format for each: I’m examining how purity of heart reflects Jesus, and how it ought to be a goal in our lives, and finally how this beatitude points us toward heaven. And we take a few pointers from Jesus of Nazareth, Volume one, by Benedict XVI, as well as from the Catechism.

I hope you will listen in.

Did you know that Among Women is now on iHeart Radio? Hope you’ll give us a listen on the iHeart Radio app or website.

 

Among Women Espresso Shot #40: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness

Among Women Espresso Shot #40: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness

Here’s the latest Among Women “Espresso Shot” in our beatitudes series.

Today’s topic: The Beatitudes – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

In this espresso shot, I examine the third Beatitude from Matthew 5:6: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” This podcast examines a definition of righteousness and its call for our life.

Let us have a sense of urgency for living the gospel in our own lives, and an urgency for spreading it!

I hope you’ll check out this link for the podcast as we delve into how this beatitude teaches us about Jesus, about ourselves, and about the Kingdom of God.

Listen the Among Women Espresso Shot #40 here or search for Among Women on iTunes or iHeartRadio. 

 

 

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Among Women Espresso Shot #39: Blessed are the meek…

Among Women Espresso Shot #39: Blessed are the meek…

This is part of a continuing series on the Beatitudes – “Blessed are the meek.”

In this short Espresso Shot podcast, I examine the third Beatitude from Matthew 5:5: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

This Among Women podcast continues to explore the inspiration we have in Jesus with respect to the Beatitudes as it applies to meekness — often not a popular position to take, if one looks at the modern world. But Jesus’ words are almost always countercultural and with his words we look at how we experience meekness as Christians. It is both a call to trust and rely on God, and to serve others. Finally we see how this beatitude is one that even great saints have struggled with — but they made it heaven! So, we close with a prayer from the heart of St. Thérèse of Lisieux (listed below).

Listen here!

 

Here’s a prayer that closes the podcast: 

Prayer of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Dear Lord, Thou knowest my weakness.

Each morning I resolve to be humble, and in the evening I recognize that I have often been guilty of pride.

The sight of these faults tempts me to discouragement;

yet I know that discouragement is itself but a form of pride.

I wish, therefore, O my God, to build all my trust upon Thee.

As Thou can do all things, deign to implant in my soul this virtue which I desire,

and to obtain it from Thy Infinite Mercy, I will often say to Thee:

“Jesus, Meek and Humble of Heart, make my heart like unto Thine.”

 

Want to listen to the Beatitudes series? 

AW Espresso Shot #36: The Beatitudes — an overview

AW Espresso Shot #37: The Beatitudes: Blessed are the poor in spirit

AW Espresso Shot #38: The Beatitudes: Blessed are those who mourn

 

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Among Women Espresso Shot #37: Blessed are the poor in spirit

Among Women Espresso Shot #37: Blessed are the poor in spirit

The latest Among Women Espresso Shot podcast continues with examining the Beatitudes.

This 15-minute podcast delves into one verse: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (MT 5:3)

This podcast examines the inspiration Jesus, where we put our trust, and the call to be humble — like Jesus. My reflections are based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 544, 2546 and 2547.

Listen now.

Also, here’s a link to the first podcast in the series: AW Espresso Shot #36: The Beatitudes — an overview.

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