The Beatitudes are a beloved excerpt from Jesus’ sermons. The Matthew version (5:3-12) from Sermon on the Mount cites eight blessings; the Luke version (6:20-22) provides four blessings from Sermon on the Plain. On All Saints Day 2016, Pope Francis has offered the following for our times:
Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others, and forgive them from their heart.
Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized, and show them their closeness.
Blessed are those who see God in every person, and strive to make others also discover him.
Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.
Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.
Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.