This week was the second session of the Fall Reflection Series I’m offering at the University of St. Thomas Law School, titled, “Jesus Speaks.” The series seeks to deepen our appreciation of fundamental Christian teachings drawn from the words of Christ.
The title of this week’s session was Developing the Beatitudes in Our Lives. After we talked a little about the participants’ prayer experience the previous week on the Lord’s Prayer, I gave a talk focusing on how we might discern what the beatitudes mean for our lives, how they direct our lives of discipleship. I shared with the participants Pope Benedict’s view of the Beatitudes as both a “veiled interior biography” of Jesus and a set of directions for his disciples and offered some thoughts on each of the beatitudes. Following that talk, the participant’s had some time for individual reflection on the ways in which the beatitudes challenge them.