Blessed are the poor… not the penniless, but those whose heart is free.
Blessed are those who mourn… not those who whimper, but those who raise their voices.
Blessed are the meek… not the soft, but those who are patient and tolerant.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness… not those who whine, but those who struggle.
Blessed are the merciful… not those who forget, but those who forgive.
Blessed are the pure in heart… not those who act like angels, but those whose life is transparent.
Blessed are the peacemakers… not those who shun conflict, but those who face it squarely.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for justice… not because they suffer, but because they love.
P. Jacob, from Compartir, Santiago, Chile;
Reprinted in The Power and the Glory, the prayer handbook for 1987 published by the United Reformed Church in the United Kingdom.