“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

As this day comes to an end, my prayers are with the families and friends of those who lost loved ones 12 years ago in New York. My family will never forget your husbands, fathers, sons, wives, mothers, daughters, relatives, friends, and co-workers who died on 9/11. You are not alone, you are in our hearts. May God bless you and may he comfort you today and every day.

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Beatitude #2 – Blessed are those who mourn

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)

If we suffer because of our faith, God will comfort us when we unite with him. This news should bring joy to our hearts. The grace of suffering is a gift from God. This is hard for us to understand but it is a truth that Saints have understood well; it has guided their actions despite the suffering brought about by those actions. It is the cross Christ carried for us.

Today, we will have opportunities to suffer. We will have the opportunity to soothe despite our own sorrows; to forgive despite our hurt; to give alms despite scarcity; to give of our time despite all our desire for solitude; to be compassionate despite our impatience; to love despite our disappointments. These are all occasions for suffering; opportunities to be saint-like; not for the rewards offered by this world, but for the comfort we will receive from God.

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