City House Beatitudes
(Communally Created on March 26, 2017)
Blessed are those who practice presence, who seek connection and relationship.
Blessed are those who stand in solidarity, for they help to create communities that foster healing.
Blessed are those who welcome the stranger without asking if s/he has a right to be there; for they shall be welcomed by God.
Blessed are those who listen without judgment, give without expectation, and love without fear; they shall be filled with light and shine in God’s presence forever.
Blessed are those who are content, and who know that contentment is a spiritual value that needs careful cultivation.
Blessed are those who engender hope by enabling people to have the power to make decisions about their own lives and create/find meaningful work.
Blessed are those who seek to heal divisions in families, churches and communities.
Blessed are those who soften, yield and stay present in the face of opposition and polarization, who diffuse resistance and violence, who seek a path of inclusion.
Blessed are hearts transformed and transforming their worlds and their lives into gifts of love.
Blessed are those who build bridges between different and conflicting ideas, people, or policies.
Blessed are those who set the captives free.
Blessed are those who embrace their God-given dignity and affirm that dignity in others.
Blessed are those who step out of their comfort zones and speak truth to power.
Blessed are those who focus on being with others, listening deeply to stories of life and death, and everything in between.
Blessed are those who are overcome by the fatigue of giving care; they will receive the grace for rest in self-compassion.
Blessed are they who rejoice in all of God’s creation – the earth and all the creatures who dwell in it; they will experience belonging.
Blessed are those who can see beyond another’s race, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation, who can recognize the other as brother or sister, as beloved son or daughter of God.
Blessed are those who understand that to have faith, is to have hope.
Blessed are those who focus on changing their own shortcomings rather than trying to analyze and change others.
Blessed are those who seek through prayer and meditation to improve their conscious contact with God as they understand God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us. [Step 11 paraphrase]
Blessed are the curious, for curiosity steps into the divide between me and others.
Blessed are those who seek control over their own lives; they will be given the strength and resources to stand and rise up.
Blessed are those who walk in vulnerability; they will be protected.
Blessed are those who strive to protect our earth; they shall see the resurgence of new growth.
Blessed are those who lay down their lives, all that they have and all that they are, for the sake of the Gospel; all they have given and infinitely more shall be theirs in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are City House volunteers who offer hope and understanding to those whom society does not even acknowledge.
Blessed are those who practice these principles in all of their affairs. [Step 12 paraphrase]
Grant us your grace, O Lord.
Published by: housemanager in Retreats