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Values of the Beatitudes
In the Beatitudes, Jesus calls us to change our vision of life; to see life from God's perspective; to understand what is really important; to live by new standards. He offers us directions for a new path through life, a path which will lead us to eternal happiness. Yet, we should not underestimate the extent to which the values promoted by Jesus will require us to deviate from the path followed by many others in society.
Further explanation can be found in Part 3, Section 1, Chapter 1 of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church which addresses the Dignity of the Human Person

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
In a world that is characterised by superficial forms of happiness, Jesus sees those who are down-hearted, rejected or without hope as being His number one priority.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Jesus sees happiness, not in those who pursue material possessions, but in the mournful who understand the true value of human life.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Jesus values the meek and humble, not the powerful.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Jesus wants to reward those who seek justice for all, not for personal gain.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Jesus encourages us to be merciful and forgiving, rather than to hold grudges.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Jesus promises eternal life to those who keep their hearts pure and untainted by greed and self-obsession.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
Jesus celebrates the peacemakers, while the world too often honours the glory-hunters and winners of wars.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for "righteousness" sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus declares those who are standing up for thier values and beliefs as "winners" in the race for eternal happiness.