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In the introduction to a new 8-part series for her NCR online column, Joan Chittister explains why she chose to focus on the Beatitudes:
 
The renewal of the United States depends, Jesus’ declaration of the  Beatitudes implies, on us, on our own integration of these values in life—regardless of the system we see being bent out of shape or the toxic individualism that is poisoning it.
 
My suggestion is that we look again at a piece of what the world may too easily dismiss as poetic piety but which is of the essence of personal development, the backbone of communal goodness, and a seedbed for the re-emergence of “the common good” in the 21st century.
 
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