Thought of the Day August 15, 2019 Blessed are those who mourn

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Pope Francis: “The best description of a saint—in fact their identity card—is found in the beatitudes.”

Mt 5:5 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be consoled.

The term mourn means “to experience deep grief.”

Mourning is a natural response to a human tragedy or sadness. People mourn over the death of a love one as Abraham did at the passing of Sarah, his wife or David over the death of the child conceived out of wedlock. Jesus wept over the death of Lazarus and when he saw the funeral procession of the only son of the widow outside of Naim. As a nation we mourned after the 9/11 terrorist attack that killed so many people.  We mourn the senseless killing of innocent people that has escalated in recent times, namely the people killed recently in El Paso, Texas and Ohio.  But is this what Jesus is referring to?

There are two aspects to the mourning that Jesus highlights in this beatitude. The first is to mourn over our own sinfulness. The second is to mourn over the sinfulness of others or of the world we live in.

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