Living the Beatitudes: Perspectives from Orthodox Spirituality

Kyriaki FitzGerald & Thomas FitzGerald

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"Living the Beatitudes successfully brings the Lord's counsels for a God-pleasing life alive for practical application by the contemporary Christian. A blessing for all who read it." -Rev. Stanley S. Harakas, Archbishop Iakovos Professor of Orthodox Theology, Emeritus, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

The Beatitudes contain many of the most important teachings of Jesus, emphasizing the responsibilities of the follower of CHrist both to God and to others. For centuries, the Beatitudes have been used for basic instruction in Christian faith and living. Here, the authors explore the eight beatitudes as they relate to followers of Christ in their everyday experience. Following the model of the early commentaries, the authors discuss the basics of Christian faith while offering practical counsel for Christian living.

Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald is an adjunct professor in theology at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and a licensed psychologist. She represents the Ecumenical Patriarchate at theological conferences. She is also the founder and coordinator of the St. Catherine's Vision project and is editor of its study, Encountering Women of Faith. She has also written Women Deacons in the Orthodox Church and Persons in Communion. She has edited Orthodox Women Speak: Discerning the Signs of the Times.

Thomas FitzGerald, protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate- Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, is Dean and Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Among his other publications are The Orthodox Church; The Ecumenical Movement: An Introductory History; and The Ecumenical Patriarchate and Christian Unity.