The Beatitudes in Cairo

Deacon Eric Stoltz, who has created one of the most readable and compelling parish websites anywhere at Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, is using that site as powerful teaching tool this week.

He’s paired news images from Cairo with the Beatitudes that we heard in mass last Sunday.

Below: “Blessed are they who mourn…”

And the one below: “Blessed are the peacemakers…”

Visit the site for more.

It’s a challenging and thought-provoking effort to look at the day’s news — and one of the greatest teachings of the gospels — in a powerful new way.

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  1. See the covered woman in the second photo? I predict that is the future for Egypt’s women.

  2. Fabulous! Thank you, Deacon Greg for letting me know about this visual (and so relevant today) presentation of the Beatitudes. I am sending it to my nephew, a young (20s) journalist, who lives in the Middle East and is passionate about social justice. (He spent the past week-end in Egypt and is now safe and sound back in Lebanon.)

  3. pagansister says:

    Interesting picture of the woman with the soldier. She has her face covered. However that is the first woman I have seen in broadcasts and interviews from the street, that has her face hidden. All those being shown have the head scarf and are dressed in the long coverings, but their faces are certainly not hidden. In fact last night a family from Cairo were interviewed –father, mother and 2 children (boy & girl) were dressed in almost Western appearal. The mother wasn’t even wearing a head scarf. Hopefully it will remain a choice for the women.

  4. Deacon John M. Bresnahan says:

    Some of the groups behind the demonstrations have now issued statements saying the next step is to go to war against Israel and destroy that country. Not exactly beatitude values at work. That is why one should be cautious about cloaking Christ over a political movement we really know little about.

  5. I have just received an email response to this Beatitude post from my nephew in the Middle East.
    He said: “Keep Egypt in your prayers.”

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