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The Way to True Happiness: New Book Unpacks the Meaning and Messages Inside the Familiar Beatitudes
Catholic Answers
Feb. 7, 2023

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 7, 2023 /Christian Newswire/ -- That famous list of "blessed ares" from the Sermon on the Mount isn't just a piece of pious trivia—it's nothing less than the summation of all Jesus' teachings, the roadmap for our happiness in this world and salvation in the next.

The words of the Beatitudes are familiar to most Christians. But, says, Norbertine Father Sebastian Walshe (Secrets from Heaven, Always a Catholic), that very familiarity may cause us to miss their profound importance. In his new book, Heart of the Gospel, he shows how to look at these eight admonitions with fresh eyes, unlocking their power in our lives.

Jesus did not choose the Beatitudes at random or express them in just any old way. Everything about them—their order, their promised rewards, the words he used and didn't use—has a rich meaning. Heart of the Gospel decodes the meanings, showing you how they fit into the broad context of salvation history, the course of Jesus' teaching and ministry, and our personal journey with him. Father Walshe draws on his pastoral experience and his deep knowledge of Scripture and the saints to guide us on that journey.

"Usually when someone says he has boiled down the gospel into some simple formula, that's a sign to run in the other direction," says Todd Aglialoro, director of publishing for Catholic Answers Press. "But the Beatitudes aren't some pop-theologian's summary of Christian teaching—they're Jesus' own chosen outline for living like him. We all want a blessed state of happiness that never ends; Jesus tells us just how to find it."

About the Author:
Sebastian Walshe, O. Praem. is a priest of the Order of Canons Regular of Prémontré at St. Michael's Abbey in Silverado, California.

SOURCE Catholic Answers

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