As 21st-century Americans, we don't handle grief very well. When we do feel deep sadness, we have a thousand distractions at our fingertips to yank our attention from our serious mourning to silly mirth. "Blessed are those who keep themselves care-free," we might say. How different are Christ's words in the Sermon on the Mount! Instead of minimizing mourning, Christ says, "Blessed are they that mourn." How can people who mourn be called blessed? The second part of the beatitude explains it: for they shall be comforted. In this beatitude, Christ is teaching us that the path to true comfort and blessing travels through the valley of mourning.