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Spirituality Of The Beatitudes: Matthew's Vision For The Church In An Unjust World [Paperback]

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Pages   221
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 7, 2005
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570755493  
EAN  9781570755491  

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The Beatitudes offer a summary of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount-a succinct summary of his essential teaching. In probing the meaning of these eight verses, Michael Crosby cuts to the heart of Matthew's Gospel: a spiritual message that is at once personal and deeply social. Crosby posits that Matthew's Gospel was written for a more affluent church community. As such, his Gospel offers a particularly telling challenge to First-World Christians. To pray in the spirit of the Beatitudes is to answer a radical call to conversion: a journey into God's Reign of peace, justice, mercy, and renewal.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! MICHAEL CROSBY, O.F.M. CAP., lives in community with other friars in a downtown Milwaukee parish that serves the urban poor, homeless and marginalized. His ministry attempts to develop a spirituality of discipleship for U.S. and other First World Catholics, primarily through corporate reform and church reform. He gives retreats, workshops and parish missions and is author of seventeen books. Visit his Web site"

Michael H. Crosby currently resides in Milwaukee, in the state of Wisconsin. Michael H. Crosby was born in 1940.

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Explores the message of Jesus Christ in terms directly relevant to the late 20th century and beyond  Aug 14, 2005
Originally published in 1981 and now in a newly revised edition, Spirituality Of The Beatitutdes: Matthew's Vision For The Church In An Unjust World by Capuchin-Franciscan priest Michael H. Crosby explores the message of Jesus Christ in terms directly relevant to the late 20th century and beyond. Especially revealing the meaning and essence of Matthew's Gospel, Spirituality Of The Beatitudes reveals in depth the philosophies and some contradicting opinions concerning the classic and well-known refrains, "Blessed are the poor in spirit" (notes point out that Matthew was exceptional in his conviction that doing good works led those of wavering or little faith to salvation); "Blessed are the nonviolent; they will inherit the Earth"; "Blessed are the peacemakers; they will be called the children of God" and more. The discussions, although sometimes evaluating complex ideals and varied scriptural and historical resources, are fully accessible to lay readers. A welcome contribution to spirituality and Christian studies shelves.
Bringing the Words to Life  Feb 19, 2005
This revision of a classic offers more than "spirituality lite," and traditional "bible study." Though he is clearly a scholar-there ARE footnotes-Fr. Crosby's organization and presentation make this work truly accessible to the average reader who is willing to think and discover. Every section is a gateway to new understanding. The detailed comparison between Luke's and Matthew's treatment of the beatitudes will be enlightening for those with little formal training in scripture. The chapter on "blessed are the poor in spirit" (Luke simply says "blessed are the poor") puts to rest the confusion that often surrounds this pronouncement. In particular Crosby debunks the common attitudes that poverty is a virtue, and points out that the two evangelists paint very different portraits of Jesus' economic status.

With all that, the author also includes examples for beatitudinal living. For example, when discussing the merits and purpose of fasting, he points out that many Americans have heard and accept some negative images of Wal-Mart, yet instead of "fasting" from Wal-Mart, "blind to the justice issues involved, we go there because `it's cheaper.'" At the same time, Crosby is not judging or condemning behaviors such as this, nor does he exclude himself from them. Instead, his goal is "to make the words (of the beatitudes) come alive in the individual, interpersonal, and infrastructural levels of life for the integrity of the world and all creation" A huge undertaking, of course, but one worthy of us all. Spirituality of the Beatitudes is a good place to start and would be especially fruitful for a small Christian community.

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