I remember the Beatitudes were one of the first over-arching themes of my faith formation growing up — we learned about them in PSR and at youth group. I think even being forced to memorize them at one point or another. They are a beautiful gift from our Lord Jesus, showing us that the supposed least of us were in fact the best of us. What an incredible thought to ponder.
In Melanie Rigney’s new book, Blessed Are You; Finding Inspiration From Our Sisters in Faith (on Amazon.com), she outlines the Beatitudes and saints who embody each wonderful trait. In Chapter 2, Rigney so elegantly tells the stories of four saints who suffered great mourning, yet found deep comfort and solace in God.