Seventeen Beatitudes Heard By Sister Kathryn On The Pilgrimage
Blesséd are the dispirited poor,
for theirs is the greatest claim for succor by society.
Blesséd are those who grieve,
for theirs is the greatest claim for empathy from all.
Blesséd are the meek,
for theirs is the calmness that assuages our struggles.
Blesséd are the merciful,
for they dispel the terrors of abandonment.
Blesséd are those who hunger for social justice,
for they make the progress of social enlightenment.
Blesséd are those who advance cooperation,
for they displace enmity and conflict with peace.
Blesséd are those who defend the weak,
for they impart strength and raise gratitude.
Blesséd are the resistors of oppressors and persecution,
for they inspire courage in rebellion against defeat.
Blesséd are the good-hearted,
for they infuse society with unifying confidence.
Blesséd are those who laugh and play,
for they add sparkles of mirth to our lives.
Blesséd are those who study without arrogance,
for they educate and liberate us from prejudice.
Blesséd are the selflessly creative,
for they spark the same artfulness in others.
Blesséd are those who love without grasping,
for they nurture character growth in our children.
Blesséd are those who nurture the Earth,
for they feed us all down the generations.
Blesséd are those who see divinity in all living things,
for they unite the consciousness of All-Life.
Blesséd are those who keep company with the lonely,
for they bring reassurance that allows for departure.
Blesséd are those who inspire you to do as these,
for they keep the torch of the human spirit lit.