Very few people, unfortunately, know key parts of the Bible today — including the eight Beatitudes, which are among the most profound teachings of Jesus Christ as recounted in the Sermon on the Mount, as told in the Gospel of Matthew.
The Catholic Creatives movement — a community of professional filmmakers, artists, entrepreneurs, and designers — has made a full-length anthology film about this critical part of the scriptures, called “8Beats.” It’s a film about the Beatitudes, divided into eight short films made by eight different teams. A total of 130 millennial creatives across the U.S. and Canada joined together to work on the project.
“Why collaborate?” the group ponders its innovative, faith-grounded process on its website. “When we work together, we are given the chance to hone our craft [and] gain new perspectives, new methods, and new relationships. These are essential to the development of our careers and the health of our souls. By collaborating, we also get to work on projects of a scale that we could never reach on our own.”
The eight Beatitudes, as told in the Gospel of Matthew (5:3-10), are these:
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
- Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
- Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
- Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
- Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
- Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
“No one has ever filmed the Beatitudes in a way [that] speaks to the modern experience,” says a marketing professional and member of the group.
“Do people know about the eight Beatitudes? We went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City to find out. You will never guess what we learned,” reads the video’s description.
Check out the compelling video below from Catholic Creatives: