Living the Beatitudes
270 Pages

Living the Beatitudes



In Living the Beatitudes, you are invited to drink from the fountain of holiness and re-discover the mystery of Grace and the peace of living life in the Spirit. The beatitudes are a path that is right in front of us if only we would move from our fears and allow the spirit to guide us. Best-selling author J. Brian Bransfield helps you re-invigorate your spirituality by offering a life-giving practice and understanding of the Catholic faith.



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Published 01 October 2011
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“To readLiving the Beatitudes: A Journey to Life in Christis to set out on a journey wic olds te promise of an encoun-ter wit te Lord, Jesus Crist. It is an invitation to consider te final frontier: te infinite interior witin. To take up tis book is to be given a map wic leads to te discovery of te mystery of oneself. Like is previous work, Fr. Bransfield’s newest book possesses te remarkable capacity of great Cristian autors like J. R. R. Tolkien to lift te eart and awaken witin te reader wonder and awe at te uman experience.” — Mother Agnes Donovan, S.V., Superior General,Sisters of Life, Yonkers, NY
“A portrait seen troug a cild’s eyes takes on new mean-ing in Fr. J. Brian Bransfield’s new book,Living the Beatitudes: A Journey to Life in Christ. As e presents a cild’s capacity not only to fantasize and pretend, but also to trust and believe,Fr. Bransfield explores te gift of cildood tat led Jesus Crist to call for us to become like cildren if we wis to inerit te kingdom of God. “Fr. Bransfield invites te reader to eavesdrop on te con-versation between Jesus and te Samaritan woman at te well in te Gospel according to St. Jon as e weaves teology and spirituality wit everyday life experiences, tus allowing te reader to follow te pat on wic Jesus answers te tirsts of life. he gifts of te Holy Spirit, virtues, and Beatitudes are explained in an easy and accessible manner for Catolics. Fr. Bransfield presents well te paradox of ow te carefree walk of te cild leads to a rigtly ordered life wit empasis on God’s will for our salvation. Ultimately te por-trait revealed by tese Beatitudes is te very face of Jesus Crist and te way in wic a grace-filled imitation of im
leads us to resemble te One wo leads. I igly recommend tis well-written book for te dept it will bring to readers searcing for understanding and inspiration as tey seek to answer te baptismal call to oliness.” — Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz,Archbishop of Louisville, KY
“ ‘We all want to live happily; in the whole human race there is no one who does not assent to this proposition, even before it is fully articulated.’ These words of Saint Augustine take us to the heart ofFr. Bransfield’s engaging book. A woman of Samaria, drawn by her natural thirst for happiness, meets the Savior who also thirsts—for her faith. He, the fountain, surges up to transform her and send her forth. Fr. Bransfield reminds us that it is God who places the longing for happiness in our hearts in order to draw us to himself—for only he can fulfill our longing. Drinking of the wisdom of the Lord Jesus, engulfed by his love, we pass from fear, sin, and isolation, through the cross, to a new life of gratitude, virtue, and beatitude. This life of holiness is inspired and fueled by the Holy Spirit. Fr. Bransfield opens up for us the Lord’s invitation to an intimate, eternal relation ship, and the reader will find in these pages a gentle but sure guide for responding to that invitation.” — Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain,Archbishop of Seattle, WA
LIVING THE BEATITUDES A Journey to Life in Christ
J. Brian Bransfield
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Bransfield, J. Brian.  Living te beatitudes : a journey to life in Crist / J. Brian Bransfield.  p. cm.  Summary: “Find a new perspective on te spiritual life by taking a fres look at te beatitudes”--Provided by publiser.  ISBN 0-8198-4544-2 (pbk.)  1. Beatitudes--Criticism, interpretation, etc. I. Title.  BT382.B695 2011  226.9’306--dc23  2011030904 Scripture texts in tis work are taken from teNewAmericanBiblewithRevisedNewTestamentandRevisedPsalms © 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Cristian Doctrine, Wasington, D.C., and are used by permission of te copyrigt owner. All Rigts Reserved. No part of teNewAmericanBiblemay be reproduced in any form witout permission in writing from te copyrigt owner. Excerpts from te Englis translation of teCatechismoftheCatholicChurchfor use in te United States of America, copyrigt © 1994, United States Catolic Conference, Inc.—Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used wit permission. Excerpts fromRedemptor Hominis,Sacramentum Caritatis,Caritas in Veritate, andVerbum DominiLibreria Editrice Vaticana, 00120, Città del Vaticana. © Used wit permission. All rigts reserved. Cover design by Rosana Usselmann Cover poto: istockp All rigts reserved. No part of tis book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mecanical, including potocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, witout permission in writing from te publiser. “P” and PAULINE are registered trademarks of te Daugters of St. Paul. Copyrigt © 2011, J. Brian Bransfield Publised by Pauline Books & Media, 50 Saint Pauls Avenue, Boston, MA Printed in te U.S.A. Pauline Books & Media is te publising ouse of te Daugters of St. Paul, an international congregation of women religious serving te Curc wit te communications media. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 15 14 13 12 11
To my sisters and brother: MargaretAnne and her husband, Michael, Mary Jane, Paula, and Paul with loving gratitude xyx
Foreword. .  . . . . . . . . . . xi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Acknowledgments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xv. . . . . . . .
Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Part I
C O Te Woman of Samaria, Ten and Now. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13. . . .
C T Identity, Fear, and te Problem of Progress. . . . 31. . . . . . . . . . . .
C T Te Work of Grace in Us: Tree Images. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
C F Revisiting te Mysteries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75. . . .