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Living the Beatitudes

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A Journey to Life in Christ

In Living the Beatitudes, readers 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. Best-selling author J. Brian Bransfield helps you re-invigorate one's spirituality by offering a life-giving practice and understanding of the Catholic faith.

Are you thirsting for a deeper life-giving relationship with the Lord?

Rediscover the beauty of the Beatitudes and encounter Christ in a new way. In the Beatitudes, Jesus describes how we can live as his followers and enjoy God's blessings in this life and in the next. In Living the Beatitudes, Fr. Bransfield breaks open the richness of the Beatitudes and gently guides us into the journey of growing into the person God called us to be. He explains the admirable qualities that we see in Jesus and desire for ourselves: gentleness, fidelity, purity of heart, mercy, poverty of spirit, justice, peace, and perseverance in time of persecution.

Living the Beatitudes is divided into two parts:

Part one:

  • Reflects on the story of the Samaritan woman at the well found in the Gospel of John.
  • Explores our identity and fears and how we can grow from these.
  • Invites us to a deeper acknowledgement and appreciation of God's grace that is available to and at work in us.
  • Reviews the mysteries of the Trinity, sin, the cross, and the call to holiness.

Part two:

  • Considers each of the Beatitudes in depth.
  • Explains how each Beatitude is opposed by a particular sin.
  • Describes the virtue that is practiced in each Beatitude.

In Living the Beatitudes, we experience Jesus' loving gaze upon us and his invitation to enter into a deeper, loving relationship with him. Once we begin to live more closely with the Lord through the Beatitudes, we will experience a renewal of his life within us and gain courage to be his faithful followers.

Identifies the gift of the Holy Spirit that enables the living of each Beatitude.

  • By: J. Brian Bransfield
  • Paperback. 272 pages.
  • ISBN 13: 9780819845443

What People Have to Say About This Book


"The most important journey of all is the one we make to God who is the source of all life. That, more than anything else, is the lesson to be found in Father J. Brian Bransfield's book, Living the Beatitudes: A Journey to Life in Christ.
"Father Bransfield proposes the mysterious woman at the well as our guide to the Christian virtues we find presented in the Beatitudes, virtues for which we should strive: poverty of spirit, gentleness, solidarity with those who suffer loss, justice, mercy, purity of heart, peace, and the ability to suffer persecution for what is right."
- From the Foreword by Most Reverend George V. Murry, SJ, Bishop of Youngstown, OH


"To read Living the Beatitudes: A Journey to Life in Christ is to set out on a journey which holds the promise of an encounter with the Lord, Jesus Christ. To take up this book is to be given a map which leads to the discovery of the mystery of oneself."
- Mother Agnes Donovan, SV, Superior General, Sisters of Life, Yonkers, NY


"The gifts of the Holy Spirit, virtues, and Beatitudes are explained in an easy and accessible manner for Catholics."
- Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, KY


"Fr. Bransfield opens up for us the Lord's invitation to an intimate, eternal relationship, and the reader will find in these pages a gentle but sure guide for responding to that invitation."
- Most Reverend Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle, WA



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