Summer Beatitudes Project: A Summary

My children finally finished collecting all of their keys to living on the third floor of faith–the keys to living out the Beatitudes.  I didn’t explain all of the keys and Beatitudes in detail on my blog, but I wanted to provide a list of both and encourage you to read Father Philip Dion’s book, Keys to the Third Floor: How to Live Religious Life for yourself.  I obtained it for a first reading through interlibrary loan, then decided it was worth tracking down online through a used/rare bookseller.  Even if you don’t find the book to read, I hope a compilation of the Beatitudes coupled with Father Dion’s five keys provide some inspiration for living a holier life.

Matthew 5:3-12

The Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of  righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Father Philip Dion’s Keys for Living on the Third Floor of the Human House: The Floor of Faith, Hope, and Charity

Do a good job always, to please God.

Give freely to all those who ask of you.

Be especially kind to those you do not like.

Pray for your enemies: “Lord, make her happy, here and hereafter.”

Say, “Thanks, God!” for what He sends that you do not like.


About Charisse Tierney

Charisse Tierney lives in Newton, Kansas, with her husband and six children. Charisse and her husband, Rob, teach Natural Family Planning for the Couple to Couple League and have experience teaching Theology of the Body for Teens to high school and middle school students through their parish in Kansas. Charisse holds bachelor and master degrees in music performance. A professionally trained clarinetist and pianist, Charisse has always held a deep love for writing and her Catholic faith. Charisse is a contributing author of The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion and writes for Family Foundations magazine. She can also be found at
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