This Advent, our expressions of hope are very much focused on the current situation in which we find ourselves.
The final beatitudes of Jesus offer blessings we would rather forego.
The 7th beatitude calls us to a difficult, heroic way of life.
There come a time in every life when we need mercy. That's why the words of Jesus’ fifth Beatitude grab our attention.
It is our hungering and thirsting, not our accomplishments, that win the praise of our Lord.