In Spirituality of the Beatitudes, Michael Crosby has not only understood what Matthew was saying; he has understood the mind of Matthew and brought that to bear upon the world today. This book will help many Christians read the Scriptures with new insight and challenge.
Michael H. Crosby, a Capuchin-Franciscan priest, is author of many books, including The Prayer that Jesus Taught Us, and Do You Love Me?, both Catholic Book Award Winners. He gives talks around the world on biblical spirituality and corporate responsibility. Fr. Crosby lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Beatitudes offer a summary of Jesus Sermon on the Mount---a succinct summary of his essential teaching. In probing the meaning of these eight verses, Michael Crosby cuts to the heart of Matthews Gospel: a spiritual message that is at once personal and deeply social. Crosby posits that Matthews Gospel was written for a more affluent church community. As such, his Gospel offers a particularly telling challenge to First-World Christians. To pray in the spirit of the Beatitudes is to answer a radical call to conversion: a journey into Gods Reign of peace, justice, mercy, and renewal.