As persons in time and called to eternal life, with capacities of intellect, memory, and will, we live both “on the inside” and “on the outside.”  As American poet Emily Dickinson has written:

The Inner — paints the Outer –
The Brush without the Hand –
Its Picture publishes – precise –

As is the inner Brand –

Our “inner” (or interior) awareness and attitudes will determine our ‘outer” (or exterior) acts.  That’s why it’s crucial to get the “inner” right; otherwise, the “outer” will be uncertain, wavering . . . like a sheep without a shepherd, a ship without a compass.

Men of the Beatitudes is a life-form in which honor is the central theme and ethic.  “In God” we discover the truth about ourselves and the courage and strength in live it out; by living “for others,” we realize our capacity to love—with a focus on families and those wounded by family life.

We men in modern society are often dislocated and confused about our identity and role.  By revisiting and updating our understanding of the male person, and our vocation and mission in society, we can “become who we are.”    We can integrate truths from Christian chivalry and personalism that enhance our capacity to come to full stature in Christ.

Men of the Beatitudes realize this life-form through contemplation on Jesus as THE Man of the Beatitudes—poor in spirit, mourning, meek, hungering and thirsting for justice, merciful, pure of heart, making peace, suffering persecution for justice’s sake.

Through firm faith and active charity, we are called to give witness to hope in the concrete circumstances of our lives.  In the power of the Holy Spirit, our lives become more and more imbued with the three theological virtues so that we are firm in faith, active in love; through firm faith and active love, we become witnesses to hope in the world.