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8. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake

8. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Mt 5:10)


🙏 Questions for reflection

  • Do I call to mind and pray for Christians suffering persecution around the world?
  • Do I understand my religion too individualistically? Do I realise that God does not have favourites, but wills all men and women to come to the knowledge of the truth?
  • Do ever I think of heaven and the life to come?


📚 Further reading

  • The Book of Wisdom, chapters 1-5
  • The Acts of the Apostles, chapters 2.42-8.3 (which covers the earliest persecutions of the Church and the death of St Stephen, the first martyr)
  • S. Pinckaers O.P. [tr. P. M. Clark & A. Hounsokou], The Spirituality of Martyrdom...To the Limits of Love, CUA Press 2016


🗎 The text of this meditation is available here.


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