Adaptation of the Beatitudes

Blessed are those the church treats poorly,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the abused who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are those who spurn clericalism,
for they will inherit the faith.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are those who refused to protect abusers,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
who neither abused nor turned a blind eye to abuse,
for they will see God.
Blessed are those who work and pray
for healing and peace for the abused and outcast,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are excluded and persecuted
because of their sexual orientation,
because they are women,
because they accused their abusers,
because they speak out to restore righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are we when they insult us, persecute us, ignore us,
close their ears to our cries for justice,
and utter every kind of evil against us falsely
because we claim our rightful place with Jesus.
Let us persevere and support each other,
Though we see no reward in our lifetime.
Let us rejoice and be glad,
for our reward will be great in heaven.

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