The Beatitudes tell us when and how to find happiness. True happiness is a byproduct of a life seriously lived. It is a life that acknowledges dependence on God, embraces sorrow, seeks wisdom, admits weakness, extends help, forgives enemies and endures opposition.
This type of life is happy because it is open to God and to others.
The Beatitudes stand the test of time. They cannot be reduced to a simple moral statement or a simple religious formula. They call each Christian to a total engagement with life on all levels.