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

Contact ministries@diolc.org 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.

  • Becoming a Beloved Child of the FatherBecoming a Beloved Child of the Father
    This is the second in a series of articles on the “Masterworks of God.” The seven sacraments of the Church continue the work of Christ that He carried out while here on earth, providing the power to cure the wounds of sin, healing both our soul and body and giving us His new life. Baptism […] Read more »
  • Staying Close to St JosephStaying Close to St Joseph
    As we bring this year, dedicated to St. Joseph, to a close on Dec. 8, it is significant to summarize why this saint is so vital to our lives as Christians. One noteworthy title of St. Joseph that seems to capture his importance, particularly at this time, is “Pillar of Families.” The family is the […] Read more »
  • The Masterworks of GodThe Masterworks of God
    Are you in some kind of slump where life has lost its glimmer? How can life become an adventure, living with joy, peace and all that is good in your daily routine, even amidst life’s difficulties? The only way is through the power of God’s grace. There are seven particular means by which we receive […] Read more »
  • A Tradition of “Yes” for the ChurchA Tradition of “Yes” for the Church
    Strung along the ridges and valleys of State Highway 33, like pearls on a string, are many small, rural towns. These communities have been preserved by the families who lived there and cared for them for decades. St. Joseph Ridge, home of St. Joseph Parish, is no exception. The first church, built in 1866, burned […] Read more »
  • In the Know with Father JoeIn the Know with Father Joe
    Dear Father Joe, I have friends who don’t seem to be interested in returning to Church since the quarantine ended. How do I convince them to come back? Your question reflects a heart of love, and I am so grateful for it. I think the best thing for me to do is walk you through a […] 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, Administrative Assistant