The Beatitudes: teachings from Christ on how to live
The Beatitudes of Jesus
How blest are the poor in spirit: the reign of God is theirs.
Blest too are the sorrowing; they shall be consoled.
Blest are the lowly; they shall inherit the land.
Blest are they who hunger and thirst for holiness; they shall have their fill.
Blest are they who show mercy; mercy shall be theirs.
Blest are the single-hearted for they shall see God.
Blest too are the peacemakers; they shall be called sons of God.
Blest too are those persecuted for holiness’ sake; the reign of God is theirs.
Blest are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of slander against you because of me.
Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is great in heaven;
they persecuted the prophets before you in the very same way.
The Beatitudes can be found in Matthew 5: 3-12. The word beatitude means perfect happiness. Jesus gave us the Beatitudes so we may be happy. We may not always be happy on earth, but living the Beatitudes on earth will help us to get to Heaven and we will be infinitely happy in Heaven. To dive even deeper into the Beatitudes, there are two great resources from Ascension Presents to help you: The Beatitudes and Human Flourishing article by Dr. Andrew Swafford and How to Keep Your Focus on Jesus video by Fr. Mark-Mary.
You can find some great resources recommended for growing in prayer here: Good Catholic Books to Read: Improve Your Prayer Life
Nunc Coepi: A Year of Prayer from Blessed is She is a book to lead you daily through a year of prayer. It contains Scripture selections, weekly reflections, and writings from Jean Pierre de Cassaude, Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, Gabrielle Bossis, Saint Philip Neri, the Desert Fathers and Mothers, and Saint Francis de Sales. This book will help you to develop a habit of prayer and deepen your prayer life.
The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: How to Practice the Sacred Heart Devotion by Rev. John Croiset shares the message Jesus gave to St. Margaret Mary about His Sacred Heart. Fr. Croiset was the spiritual director for St. Margaret Mary for 43 years. The book also contains St. Margaret Mary’s prayers to the Sacred Heart and the Sacred Heart Promises.