Had to re-post this from the English Dominican Studentate blog Godzdogz. To be honest, this is a great mediation for the new year:
If the Devil were to write his Beatitudes, they might go something like this …
Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy, too distracted to spend an hour once a week in church – they are my best workers.
Blessed are those who wait to be asked and expect to be thanked – I can use them.
Blessed are the touchy, with a bit of luck they may stop going to church – they are my missionaries.
Blessed are the troublemakers – they shall be called my children.
Blessed are those who have no time to pray – they are easy prey for me (geddit?).
Blessed are the gossipers – for they are my secret agents.
Blessed are those critical of church leadership – they are following my example.
Blessed are the complainers – I’m all ears for them.
Blessed are you when you read this and think it is about other people – I’ve got you!