Arise to Blessedness
A Journal Retreat with Eight Modern Saints Who Lived the Beatitudes
by Jen Norton
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Pub Date 27 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 01 Mar 2023
Eight modern saints invite you to follow their example to live the Beatitudes—the heart of Jesus’s teaching—in your own life.
Through her beautiful full-color art, scripture passages, journaling prompts, and original prayers inspired by the Our Father, popular Catholic artist Jen Norton will guide you to put the Beatitudes into practice as she challenges you to examine the state of your own heart and your willingness to grow in holiness.
Norton compares living what Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3–13) with climbing a mountain—a difficult, irregular, sometimes fear-filled path that eventually leads to a great reward. But she says that like the saints, if you trust God beyond your own understanding, the end of the climb is heaven.
You will learn about each of the Beatitudes from modern saints, including
- St. André Bessette, a brother of the Congregation of Holy Cross, who served as a porter and powerful intercessor for the afflicted—Blessed are the poor in spirit;
- St. Mark Ji Tianxiang, a Chinese doctor who became an opium addict but maintained a strong faith. He died a martyr during the Boxer Rebellion—Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness;
- St. Maria Goretti, who sought the conversion of those who had harmed her—Blessed are the merciful; and
- St. Oscar Romero, the archbishop who embodied radical love as a peacemaker—Blessed are the peacemakers.
This book is perfect for personal or group use.
A Note From the Publisher
Norton served as an art director at CKS Partners from 1989 to 1998, did freelance design, and was an exhibiting artist and illustrator until 2012 when she began focusing exclusively on Catholic art.
Norton earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art with a minor in business from Santa Clara University. She is the president of Allied Artist West and previously served as a board member of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society and the Silicon Valley Open Studios. Norton is represented by The Sacred Art Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is an annual exhibitor at the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference and other shows.
"A creative masterpiece."
Author of Encountering Signs of Faith
“A wonderful way to explore depths of meaning of the Beatitudes through art.”
Vatican art historian and author of How Catholic Art Saved the Faith
“With beautiful artwork, insightful reflections, and stories told in a way to remind us that saints are more like us than not, this journal offers a means of honest reflection that will certainly allow you to go deeper in your journey to the heart of Jesus.”
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It is so refreshing to find a book that marries lovely prose with beautiful imagery. That is indeed the case with Arise to Blessedness by Jen Norton. The book offers readers a journaling retreat with eight saints who lived out the beatitudes in the course of their holy lives. I found myself captivated by each page as I worked my way through this breathtakingly exquisite journal.
Each beatitude is accompanied by a pertinent scripture reading, an explanation of the life of a saint, thoughtful questions and reflections, images to stir meditation, and plenty of room to jot down your thoughts. I found the journal to be a wonderful prayer companion, especially during my morning prayer routine.
If you are looking for a work that will feed both your mind and soul, Arise to Blessedness will fit the bill. Poring over its pages, you are likely to find yourself falling in love with the Lord more deeply than before.