The Persecuted

Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The eighth beatitude is the most perfect of all, because it expresses perseverance in spite of unjust trials: Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. It springs from all the previous ones.
Referring to these words, St. John Chryso-stom says: "He who seeks only the glory of God is not afraid of being defeated in the sight of men."
Theirs is the kingdom of heaven, the joy of contemplation and union with God even amid persecutions.
This is a vivid and concrete description of the greatness of Christian perfection; as grace surpasses nature, it is immensely superior to merely human perfection of which the wise Greeks spoke. 
And those words throw light on the proposition in which the whole sermon on the Mount is summed up: Be you, therefore, perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Have that perfection which is from God, not merely angelic but divine, whose goal is to see God, as He sees Himself, immediately, and to love Him forever.

Some further links worth reading !

Fifty years after the adoption of the UN Convention on Refugees, the decade we live in has seen more of the world's people than ever before seeking refuge from war, persecution or disaster. This special report tells the stories behind the statistics, using first-person testimonies and in-depth interviews to trace the journey from home into exile. It asks why refugees are still fleeing, where they go, and examines how we treat them.

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1 comment:

Fran said...

What a gift your posts are - this one in particular.