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NEW BOOK by Chris Ruff, Director,
Ministries & Social Concerns

Contact [email protected] or 608-791-0161
Cost:  $10.00

Blessed Are You: Living the Beatitudes

The Discipleship Series – For people with busy lives but open hearts

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The Beatitudes, centerpiece of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, turn us upside-down. In a world craving wealth, power and fame, we hear Jesus declare blessed the poor in spirit, meek, merciful, pure in heart – yes even those who mourn and are persecuted.

In Blessed Are You: Living the Beatitudes, Chris Ruff invites individuals and small groups to explore Jesus’ paradoxical words with fresh eyes, discovering in them a treasury of beauty, simplicity and joy, and applying them to life.

Like other books in the Discipleship Series, Blessed Are You is:

  • Ideal for busy people, with 6 short, engaging sessions
  • Balanced in Scripture, brief commentary and prayer
  • Dynamic in discussion questions that connect the Beatitudes with our daily lives
  • Modest in proposing a component of service – love of neighbor – that makes discipleship more real
  • Captivating with true stories that bring each Beatitude to life

-Blessed Solanus Casey – Humble doorkeeper, meek and poor in spirit

-St. Gemma Galgani – A short life tinged with blessed mourning

-Blessed Padre Pro – Righteous in the face of persecution

-The Monk and the Murderer – A Death Row inmate encounters mercy through an Oklahoma monk

-Brendan Kelly – Pure in heart, a mystical boy with Down syndrome

-St. Teresa of Calcutta – Peacemaking in war-torn Lebanon

“This expanding set of small-group resources is aptly named the Discipleship Series. I recommend it wholeheartedly to individuals, groups, parishes and dioceses that wish to foster a deeper, fuller discipleship in Christ.”

 Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

“Small faith-sharing groups which challenge the individual to works of charity and the apostolate are at the very core of the history of the reform of the Catholic Church. I congratulate Christopher Ruff on his work and hope that it will continue to be so well received.”

 The late Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR

“Christopher Ruff’s Discipleship Series has been a very effective instrument for the new evangelization in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. I recommended it to our parishes as a model for Lenten renewal, it is solidly Catholic yet simple. It doesn’t require a huge commitment from pastors, lay leaders, and participants, but it still fosters growth in holiness through good content, meaningful shared reflection, and a commitment to service. I look forward to seeing future volumes in the Discipleship Series.”

 Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, Archdiocese of Vancouver

Blessed Are You makes the Beatitudes come alive with meaning and relevance. As with the other books in the Discipleship Series, Chris Ruff takes you deeper than a theoretical study of the Faith – into a shared experience of following Jesus and building his Kingdom in the world today. Truly second to none!”

 Chris Stefanick, Founder and President of Real Life Catholic

Catholic Life Articles

Here are a few Catholic Life articles. To read the full article, click on the blue colored title.

  • It’s All About UsIt’s All About Us
    There is a deeply held conviction in the heart of many spiritual traditions that life is not all about you. Bishop Robert Barron devotes a good deal of time to that point in many of his lectures. And it’s rather common-sensical, isn’t it? There is so much we don’t know. So much that each of […] Read more »
  • Wisconsin agent Roger Klein wins award, donates funds to holy family parish in ArcadiaWisconsin agent Roger Klein wins award, donates funds to holy family parish in Arcadia
    Catholic Order of Foresters (COF) General Agent Roger Klein of Arcadia earned a Richard Benevolence Tobin Award! He has chosen to donate the $500 associated with the award to the Hosea Initiative at Holy Family Parish in Arcadia. This organization has a mission to support the pro-life movement by educating Americans about the deception of […] Read more »
  • St. John Cantius – Passing the torchSt. John Cantius – Passing the torch
    The backroads of Wisconsin are home to discreet villages and small family farms. The steeples of old country churches dot the landscape and act as beacons shining on a tranquil, rural lifestyle. These remote regions drew settlers in the 1800s for the same reasons people live there today. Pioneers braved the wilderness and brought fortitude […] Read more »
  • Discovering and Living One’s VocationDiscovering and Living One’s Vocation
    Diversity provides depth to our existence. It expands the myriad patterns of life with added color, dimension, variety and richness. Diversity embodies our uniqueness, freeing us to use our God-given gifts and talents in a particular way to build God’s kingdom. In terms of our Faith life, the diversity we each possess becomes the pathway […] Read more »
  • Congratulations FSPA Jubilarians
    75 years Sister Rita Marie Bechel, a native of Plum City, ministered as a teacher in Wisconsin and Iowa from 1945 to 1982. In La Crosse, Sister Rita Marie served for one year at St. Rose Convent in dietary service and at the Villa as receptionist, sacristan and organist until 2015. She resides at the […] Read more »

Contact Information

Office for Ministries and Social Concerns
Phone: 608.791.0161
Fax: 608.791.2675

Christopher J. Ruff, S.T.L., Director

Jen Mickschl, Secretary