Living the Beatitudes in your life
What you'll learn
- To know more what the Beatitudes are about and to live the Beatitudes fully in your life
- To reflect upon life when the Beatitudes have been experienced
- To increase the student relationship with Jesus
- To know the Bible verses of the Beatitudes
- Not really, but if at least the student reads the following from the Bible : Matthew 5:3-10 that would be essential.
The course attempts to help the student to grow in a relationship with Jesus. It presents a brief introduction about the Beatitudes followed by lectures dedicated to each Beatitude, amongst which the student learns of how the Beatitudes can be lived in our daily lives and equips the student to be a witness of Jesus to the people he meets each day.
As the Beatitudes according to the Gospel of Matthew are the ones that are the most commonly known, this course will focus upon this version as indicated in Matthew 5:3-10. Furthermore, as each Beatitude consists of two phrases: the condition and the promise, this course will explain each of these two phrases in separate lectures, so that to emphasise that the Beatitudes presents a new set of Christian ideals that focus on a spirit of love and humility.
Overall, the aim of the course is to increase the students’ knowledge about the Beatitudes and most importantly to empower the student to have a living experience of the Beatitudes. As the course will cover the eight Beatitudes which Jesus taught during the Sermon on the Mount, by the end of the course, students are expected to appreciate the beauty of life through the blessings of the Beatitudes.
Who this course is for:
- Any one who is interested to know more about the Beatitudes, to achieve some basic knowledge and to try to live the beatitudes in one's life.
During the years 1990 to 1996 I was a full time missionary with ‘The International Catholic Programme for Evangelization - ICPE’ and have evangelized in various countries, such as Russia, Ghana, Poland, Germany, and Malta amongst others. Since 1997, I am married and am an active member of the Focolare Movement in Malta.
During my time as a missionary with ‘ICPE’, I recall going through different sacrifices. There were times when as a group we performed a mime in the streets of Germany and other countries, to bring forth the message of Salvation, together with our testimonies and preaching. It wasn’t the first time that people watching us made fun of us, laughed at us and ridiculed us. I used to feel the pain, but during the same occasion, I would see other people receiving our message of hope and desiring Jesus… that would encourage me to keep on going spreading the Good News.
Many times, I have turned to Him in prayer for direction in life. He has always shown me the way in these situations. He has shown me what to do and what to say.
My recent experience of Jesus showing me the way, is precisely of writing Christian books. Since the early nineties when I was a missionary, I always felt this desire inside me to write books with a Christian theme. I never really understood what this meant, or maybe I did not take up the challenge at that time. Maybe, I never had the time to do it! Still, over these years I kept feeling that He wanted it from me! Since that time, it has always been in my heart, but it was never fulfilled.
My ‘Yes’ to take up this challenge happened in November 2014, and since then, I have published 15 Christian books. God has paved the way for me to do it. I do sacrifice myself to write these books, as it needs time to write and to publish. But, I thank Him, that through this challenge, although it is tough, it is also peaceful and it is rewarding to see other people appreciating my work, and receiving the messages I write, which are based on Jesus’ love to us, that is, His Salvation.
Now my next challenge, or better next calling, is to transform my Christian books into short courses to further explain in more detail what is written in these books. The lectures are intended to deepen the students experience of God's love in their life.