Disability Beatitudes: Our Lord Jesus, St. Paisios, and Marjorie Chappell

The Sermon on the Mount

First, the Beatitudes of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are for all to embrace and express by faith in the grace of God, whether disabled or not:

The Gospel of St. Matthew, chapter 5:

 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated, His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
    For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Patristic Commentary on the Beatitudes, from In Communion, the journal and website of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship:

The Beatitudes: A Selection of Patristic Comments

Secondly: “The Beatitudes” with Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain

  • 20 Beatitudes from the newly canonized St. Paisios; some of these beatitudes are specifically direct to persons with disabilities.
Thirdly:  modern, creative beatitudes which encourage a thoughtful and respectful way of relating to people with disabilities:

Beatitudes for Disabled People.

Blessed are you that never bids us “hurry up” and more blessed
are you that do not snatch our tasks from our hands to do them
for us, for often we need time rather than help.

Blessed are you who take time to listen to defective speech,
for you help us to know that if we persevere, we can be understood.

Blessed are you who walk with us in public places and ignore the
stares of strangers, for in your companionship we find havens of

Blessed are you who stand beside us as we enter new ventures,
for our failures will be outweighed by times we surprise ourselves
and you.

Blessed are you who ask for our help, for our greatest need is
to be needed.

Blessed are you when by all these things you assure us that the
thing that makes us individuals is not our peculiar muscles,
nor our wounded nervous system,
but is the God-given self that no infirmity can confine.

Blessed are those who realize that I am human and don’t expect me
to be saintly just because I am disabled.

Blessed are those who pick things up without being asked.

Blessed are those who understand that sometimes I am weak and
not just lazy.

Blessed are those who forget my disability of the body and see the
shape of my soul.

Blessed are those who see me as a whole person, unique and complete,
and not as a “half” and one of God’s mistakes.

Blessed are those who love me just as I am without wondering
what I might have been like.

Blessed are my friends on whom I depend,
for they are the substance and joy of my life!!!!

…by Marjorie Chappell

Source: Dream Ministries GCC: Beatitudes for Disabled People

Icon from: Curlew River: The Beatitudes and true happiness 



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