The Smaller Beatitudes

Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves: they will have no end of fun.

Blessed are those who can tell a mountain from a molehill: they will be saved a lot of bother.

Blessed are those who know how to relax without looking for excuses: they are on the way to becoming wise.

Blessed are those who know when to be quiet and listen: they will lean a lot of new things.

Blessed are those who think before acting and pray before thinking: they will avoid many blunders.

Happy are you when you can take small things seriously and face serious things calmly: you will go far in life.

Happy are you if you can appreciate a smile and forget a frown: you will walk on the sunny side of the street.

Happy are you if you can be kind in understanding the attitudes of others, even when the signs are unfavourable: you may be taken for a fool, but this is the price of charity.

Happy are you if you know how to hold your tongue and smile, even when the people interrupt and contradict you or tread on your toes: the gospel has begun to seep into your heart.

Above all blessed are you when you recognise the Lord in all whom you meet: the light of truth shines in your life and you have found true wisdom.

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