Kingdom of Happiness: Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life (Group Study Edition)

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We live in a fallen world. This reality has become clearer in the last several decades as the secular world has sought to eradicate all traces of God and conquer Christendom. While this larger battle is mostly out of our control, we can take comfort in the fact that we are called to reign in another kingdom and leave the slavery of this world behind.

The best way to throw off the yoke of slavery this world seeks to bind us with is to live out the lessons Our Lord taught us in his Sermon on the Mount, most especially the Beatitudes. Sacred Scripture tells us that Christ “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6-7). He invites us to turn our won worlds upside down as well with the eight life-altering ways of living.

At times, the Beatitudes may seem paradoxical. Why would we want to be poor or meek? Why would we want to mourn? Why would we want to show mercy or be a peacemaker when the world rewards ruthlessness, and pure when it celebrates immorality? Why would we hunger for righteousness when the world has so much else to feed us with? And why would we want to be persecuted?

Yet Christ told us that those who live these ways of life would be blessed. This is what the word beatitude means – “blessed” – which also means “happiness.” If we have the courage to trust in his words and follow him, we will come to know what true happiness really is.

Embark on this 8-session journey with Father Jeffrey Kirby, who will show you the path to the kingdom and give you the strength and wisdom to turn your world upside down.

Author: Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, STD
Lecturer: Various
Lessons: 8 Lessons
Length: 27 minutes (avg)
Publication Date: 2020
Leader Pack contains 1 Study Guide + 1 Parish Streaming License (with no expiration)
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November 2017
Saint Benedict Press
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1 Review

  • 5
    Excellent resource.

    Posted by Steven McEvoy on Dec 26th 2023

    I picked this book up after reading and reviewing several by Father Paul O’Sullivan O.P., it was recommended by someone who enjoyed those reviews and they recommended several titles by Father Kirby. When I looked into the titles available from the pen of Father Kirby, there were several from TAN books that caught my attention. In fact 7 of his books made it onto my wish list almost immediately. This was the first I have read but it will not be the last! My understanding is that there is a study series that can go along with this book, with a guide and DVD’s. As much as I enjoyed reading this book, it would have been even better with a group. The end of the description of this volume states: “Kingdom of Happiness shows that the Beatitudes are not a self-help guide or a boring list of eight more things to do, but are a series of grace-filled, life-giving promises that excite our souls and point us along a way of life that assures us of true, lasting happiness.” The chapters in this volume are: A Note to the Reader Introduction: The Choice Between Two Kingdoms Poor in Spirit Those Who Mourn The Meek Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness The Merciful Pure in Heart The Peacemakers The Persecuted Bibliography In the first section, A Note to the Reader Kirby highlights several points: “First Step Thank you for picking up this book! As you open it, you’ve already taken the hardest step along a path that could lead you to true happiness. Here’s some more good news:” So of the sections that follow are: •You’re not alone. •There’s a way out of misery. •Happiness is a decision. •Someone else does the heavy lifting. •Happiness is a kingdom. •The kingdom of happiness can be seen. And it concludes with: “A Second Step As you started reading this book, I mentioned that you’ve already taken the hardest step along a path that could lead you to true happiness. Therefore, I’d like to ask you to take a second step and continue reading this book so that you might encounter the kingdom of happiness described through the Beatitudes. As you begin to see this kingdom sitting on the horizon, remember that citizenship within its walls is available right now. You are welcome at all times. The choice is yours. Will you choose happiness?” From there we have a wonderfully written volume. A book any Catholic, nay any Christian could benefit from reading. Looking at the beatitudes and their opposites Father Kirby navigates us through Christian spirituality. A path that has been handed down. And one that we desperately need these days. This is a book that can be read again and again, and each time we will be blessed and benefit from it in a new or deeper way. The writing of Father Kirby is easily accessible. Anyone with a high school education could read this book and engage fully with the text. In fact it would be a great book for a high school group or collage age students to worth through together. It is a book that can have a strong and lasting impact on readers. Christ promised in John 10:10 “For the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I am come that they might have life and have it abundantly.” This book is a volume that will help you learn to live that abundant life. By learning to live the beatitudes. It is an excellent volume that I cannot recommend enough. But the book does not offer quick fixes or easy answers. We will need to read, and apply and put in the work. There will be time and effort involved in learning to live the beatitudes out in our daily lives. But it will be worth it here and in the life to come. It might have been my first book by Father Kirby but it will not be my last!