Description: Webster defines "beatitude" as a "state of utmost bliss" and as a declaration made in the Sermon on the Mount. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that the eight beatitudes are, in effect, a portrait of the man who declared them.....Jesus Christ, saying they "depict his countenance and portraying his charity." They also define the attitudes and actions that should portray and depict the true Christian follower of Christ. They are paradoxical in their promise that there is hope amidst trial and tribulation. None more paradoxical than the eighth Beatitude, "blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great in heaven." This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.