This classic work from the pen of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen brings together Christ's Sermon on the Mount with His Seven Last Words. Our Lord's public ministry and statements centered on the themes of love and forgiveness, which are explored here with Sheen's characteristic insight and passion. Although there is no strict connection between the seven Beatitudes and the Seven Last Words, The Cross and the Beatitudes shows how the first and last statements of Jesus' public life are intimately related. His entire ministry, with its ultimate fulfillment on Calvary's Cross, perfectly displayed the meekness, mercy, and poverty of His early teachings. The contents plead for a return to the foundational teachings of Jesus that alone can sustain our spirits and lead us to a Christian way of life.