To Our Readers

We are delighted that you have come to visit us today. Our fall issue centers on the theme of the Beatitudes, a classic text of the Christian tradition taken from Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel according to Matthew. At once challenging and inspiring, the Beatitudes raise many questions: What does it mean to be blessed? Who are the blessed? Do we really find blessing in poverty and meekness, purity of heart, hunger for justice, peacemaking, persecution? How does one live into the vision held forth by the Beatitudes? We hope that by exploring these questions along with our contributors, you may arrive at new insights that will enrich your experience of sacred music, worship, and the arts. If you like what you see here, please share this publication with others. Subscription is free of charge and open to all.

Rita Ferrone, editor

November 28, 2018

Table of Contents

In This Issue

On the Cover: The Beatitudes, Illuminated

Climbing the Mountain of the Beatitudes

Blessing and the Face of Being

Poverty of Spirit and the Spiritual Life of Children

Lessons from the Music of the Global South

The Christian Funeral and the Blessedness of Mourning

Places to Mourn for Those Who Have Lost Their Place

The Meek Will Inherit the Earth

Preaching the Just Word

Composing the Hymn for the Holy Year of Mercy

Living as Sacramental Jars of Clay

Building Peace Through Music

What Kind of Righteousness? What Kind of Blessing?