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Arise to Blessedness

by Jen Norton

Arise to Blessedness
Publication date: 2023-01-27
ISBN: 9781646801862
Eight modern saints invite you to follow their example to live the Beatitudes—the heart of Jesus’s teaching—in your own life. Through her beautiful full-color art, scripture passages, journaling prompts, and original prayers inspired by the Our Father, popular Catholic artist Jen Norton will guide you to put the Beatitudes into practice as she challenges you to examine the state of your own heart and your willingness to grow in holiness. Norton compares living what Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3–13) with climbing a mountain—a difficult, irregular, sometimes fear-filled path that eventually leads to a great reward. But she says that like the saints, if you trust God beyond your own understanding, the end of the climb is heaven. You will learn about each of the Beatitudes from modern saints, including St. André Bessette, a brother of the Congregation of Holy Cross, who served as a porter and powerful intercessor for the afflicted—Blessed are the poor in spirit; St. Mark Ji Tianxiang, a Chinese doctor who became an opium addict but maintained a strong faith. He died a martyr during the Boxer Rebellion—Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness; St. Maria Goretti, who sought the conversion of those who had harmed her—Blessed are the merciful; and St. Oscar Romero, the archbishop who embodied radical love as a peacemaker—Blessed are the peacemakers. This book is perfect for personal or group use.Jen Norton