The Key to Joy

Blessed are the poor in spirit

Never have the beatitudes sounded so relevant for me. I hope you’ll listen to this all the way through, it’s very short and the wise words are worth the wait.

“Blessed are you if you are not attached to material things…And blessed are you if you are not addicted to good feelings.” Wow – does this hit home. We live in a place and time where material things and good feelings are more prevalent and easy to come by than ever before. We have lost our sense of just how attached and addicted we truly are. But buried in the mystery of the beatitudes we find a simple formula for freedom and the key to lasting joy.

This clip is from Episode Two of CATHOLICISM and it’s called “Happy Are We: The Teachings of Jesus.” It follows Fr. Barron as he travels from the Mt. of Beatitudes in the Holy Land to Poland, New York, Madrid, and Uganda.

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micaela swift November 25, 2010 at 10:53 am

i will be sharing this….
thank you for posting.

micaela swift November 25, 2010 at 11:02 am

his last point from 2min30sec is excellent.

Thanks again for this! Its a powerhouse message for our times!

Matthew Warner November 26, 2010 at 4:46 pm

I totally agree, Micaela!

Brett November 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm

If a Buddhist said that stuff, many westerners would be very impressed . . . and proceed to do nothing at all about it.

Matthew Warner November 26, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Ha – Brett, that’s very funny, very true and very sad.

John Canale November 27, 2010 at 10:11 am


I saw this trailer last night on your website and was impressed. I talked to my brother about it and he heard about it through Lighthouse Catholic Media. It (Catholicism) definitely needs to be promoted, and now that I know about it, I’ll do my best to get the word out in my corner of the country.
It also kind of reminded me of those beautiful commercials from last year (like the one with Obama in the womb, “Life: Imagine the Potential” and the recent one with famous celebrities and political figures with the common link of adoption). I hope they keep these type of advertisements, movies, and tv programs going, as it provides some much needed communication for Catholicism. The narrative is often being told by the wrong people, with everyone rushing to see movies like “The DaVinci Code” or reading the New York Times with their numerous hit pieces on Pope Benedict during Easter this past year.
Like you said in a post on your National Catholic Register blog “Hi, I’m Joy and I’m a Mormon”, Catholics need to be winning the search engine wars, but also the media communication wars, especially with commercials and tv movies. Thanks for bringing my attention to this tv program and thanks for fighting the good fight. Take care Matt.

Holly March 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm

What struck me about this kind of eastern way of talking about the beatitudes is that it is that they are only paradoxical when seen from the point of view of exteriority. From the point of view of interiority they make perfect sense. Blessed is some one who is poor in spirit because that is what a person is like when they have strong interiority. Blessed are those who mourn of course because you are mourning the loss of the exterior life which is the opening to interiority.
It is the life of interiority that Jesus is teaching us about. Thanks for the video.

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