The Way of Beatitude

Living Radical Hope in a World of Division and Despair

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Pub Date 25 Mar 2022 | Archive Date Not set

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What if we looked at the things we see wrong in the world with empathy, dug below the surface of people’s disappointing actions to experience their pain, and understood hurtful words as a cry for consolation? What if we responded with sorrow instead of outrage, and love instead of hate?

If we could do all that, we’d be living as Jesus taught us in the Beatitudes. Fr. Casey Cole, OFM—host of YouTube’s Breaking the Habit—wants you to embrace the pain caused by anger and division in the world and then look to Jesus for hope through the Beatitudes.

“The only thing that evangelizes is love,” Cole writes. “The only thing that will ever change someone’s mind, cause them to turn from their evil ways, accept Jesus into their lives, and become a peacemaker themselves is love. If we want to make peace in our world, we must put down our weapons and take up the cross.”

In The Way of Beatitude, Cole explores the meaning of the words Jesus preached at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5: 3–12) and shows you how to get beyond apathy and despair and help Christ bring about the Kingdom of Heaven in the here and now. The Beatitudes, he says, offer a path toward radical change.

You will learn how to:

· surrender to the mercy of God;

· face with courage the heartache caused by division and animosity;

· be patient and lean into God’s providence;

· hunger always for justice;

· commit to solidarity with the powerless and the broken;

· be liberators of the oppressed; and

· lay down your life for the sake of God’s Kingdom.

By sharing his own stories of striving toward supreme blessedness, Cole shows you how to surrender power and move beyond the harmful divisiveness of our world.

Chapters include reflection questions and practical ideas for living the Beatitudes. A free small-group guide is available to download from AveMariaPress.com. 

What if we looked at the things we see wrong in the world with empathy, dug below the surface of people’s disappointing actions to experience their pain, and understood hurtful words as a cry for...


A Note From the Publisher

Fr. Casey Cole, OFM, is a Franciscan priest, author, speaker, and online evangelist at the popular YouTube channel Breaking in the Habit. He lives in Macon, Georgia, where he serves as chaplain to St. Peter Claver Catholic School, Mount de Sales Academy, and Mercer University. He is the author of Called and Let Go.

Cole earned his bachelor’s degree from Furman University and did his priestly studies at The Catholic University of America and Catholic Theological Union.

Fr. Casey Cole, OFM, is a Franciscan priest, author, speaker, and online evangelist at the popular YouTube channel Breaking in the Habit. He lives in Macon, Georgia, where he serves as chaplain to...


Advance Praise

“Insightful, humorous, and practical.”
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
Diocese of Arlington

“What a great book! Fr. Casey Cole, OFM, offers a beautiful and deep encounter with the Beatitudes.”
Fr. Harrison Ayre
Cohost of the Clerically Speaking podcast

“Few can reach across the divides of our Church and world—age, ideology, clerical state—like Fr. Casey Cole. He brings the wisdom of the gospels into the twenty-first century and models how we can be agents of peace in a polarized age.”
Ashley McKinless
Executive editor at America
Cohost of the Jesuitical podcast

“A contemporary, wonderfully realistic look at the Beatitudes by one of Catholicism’s most positive voices.”
Mike Hayes
Cofounder of Busted Halo

 

“Insightful, humorous, and practical.”
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
Diocese of Arlington

“What a great book! Fr. Casey Cole, OFM, offers a beautiful and deep encounter with the Beatitudes.”
Fr. Harrison...


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The Way of Beatitude: Living Radical Hope in a world of Division and Despair is the perfect book for our soul-weary times. Author Casey Cole, OFM provides us with "a path to true blessedness."

As the Introduction states, "For Jesus, there is something about poverty, mourning, meekness, hunger, mercy, purity, peace, and persecution that not only prepares one for the future reality of the kingdom of heaven, but makes one blessed in the here and now."

The Beatitudes are, indeed, a prescription for hope in our difficult times. Through compelling personal examples, Cole offers readers a highly relatable guidebook for navigating the sometimes troubled waters of life.

Through Cole's expert spiritual guidance, we can indeed find the spiritual life we are thirsting for.

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The Question:

What if we looked at the things we see wrong in the world with empathy, dug below the surface of people’s disappointing actions to experience their pain, and understood hurtful words as a cry for consolation? What if we responded with sorrow instead of outrage, and love instead of hate?

The Promise:

If we could do all that, we’d be living as Jesus taught us in the Beatitudes.


The Expectation (mine after reading the promise, etc):

I chose this book because I love the beatitudes and wanted to see a fresh perspective. A friar wrote this one & I thought this would be an excellent perspective. This book exceeded my expectations.

This book is for: Anyone with a desire to walk a closer walk with God through acts of intentional poverty or gain the perspective and insight from someone who has.


Favorite/Summary Quote:

Entry into the Kingdom isn’t granted based on the status of one’s bank account, but by the wholehearted commitment to God’s love.

What I connected with:

This was a gentle, loving. & comforting read. It’s eye opening to revisit the beatitudes during the course of a pandemic and an angry world. This was such an easy, flowing read. I felt at ease in a comforting presence of the Holy Spirit as I read through this one.

Each chapter was dedicated to a beatitude & provided real life observation as well as strategy grounded in Scripture to invite in each beatitude attribute.

I absolutely enjoyed and transformed through the reflection questions at the end of each chapter.

The real world observations & the experiences of life as a friar gave this particular read on the beatitudes authenticity & depth that was easy to follow & grasp even though I personally don’t live from the poverty perspective. The author did an amazing job at making the content both relatable and relevant to today’s world.


What I Struggled With:

Normally, this is where I insert an aspect of the book that I struggled with but there was nothing about this book that I struggled with except for the challenge it is to my soul with choosing to life a life that embraces the beatitudes vs what I have grown comfortable with in the eyes of the world.


What I learned:

The approach of intentional poverty. .. I’ve never been challenged to choose to live in a facet of poverty before. He gave the example of in spite of owning his own car, for a year he took public transportation to and from his classes. I don’t know that I’m ready to do this, but it’s given me a lot to consider… be closer to poverty than entitlement.


How I was transformed:

Be extremely mindful of the fact that others have different perspectives than I do from my own experience and how that isn’t the best thing. That to strive to embrace the beatitudes into my lifestyle … will mean choosing a life less comfortable and contradictory to what the world throws up as being successful or worthy etc. and that Jesus in His time on earth lived an example of every one of these attributes.

I will recommend this to friends and family (I already have). I definitely want a hard copy of this book!

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Using The Sermon on the Mount from the gospel of Matthew, Casey Cole addresses many of the social issues of today. The only thing that will truly change people and thus change our world is love. We tend to look at what is wrong and blame or get angry, instead Cole advocates we approach with sorrow for what needs to be righted. Social justice and radical change are advocated. If we live in despair or with total apathy, we change nothing and just add to the problems of the world rather than sharing the hope of Christ. An uplifting message in a defeatist world.

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This is a beautiful, significant and meaningful book. How can we take to words of Jesus and use them to strive towards healing ourselves and our troubled world. Challenging, yes, but the things that pull us away from our egos and the voices of the world are always going to be challenging. But this book will help guide you towards a better way of being.

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This was the perfect read for Lent. The writing was truly sincere and the author's love for other people shone through the book. I really appreciated the reflection questions at the end of every chapter and suggestions for how to live the Beatitude values. The author combines his experience as a faith leader with Scirpture and practical advice about how to embody Beatitude values. I also truly appreciated how this book avoided political, black and white thinking or an us vs them mentality. This Lent season has been particularly hard for me and this book really resonated with me because of it. I would definitely recommend this to any Christian looking for a practical way to deepen their faith and live their values. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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