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Sanctity of Life – 1/2
Sanctity is the perfection of Christian life. The seed of sanctity is sown in each one of us at the time of Baptism, in our soul, by God’s grace. Grace is a wholly gratuitous gift bestowed on us by God through the infinite merits of Jesus by his Death and Resurrection. Hence, we have the grace to be like the Father. If I don’t become holy, sanctified, and a saint, it is entirely my own fault.
He who does not possess charity does not possess sanctifying grace. St. Thomas says, “Charity unites man with God so that he no longer lives for himself, but for God”. “Not everyone that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of God, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt 7:21).
Sanctity of Life – 2/2
The perfection of the soul may be measured by the degree to which it does the will of God and finds its happiness in doing it. The essence and the apex of sanctity is when the soul no longer has any attachments and is entirely free from love of self and creatures and adheres to God alone.
Sanctity is not doing extraordinary things, but doing ordinary things in a loving way. Sanctity does not demand of us great exterior works, but strong and generous love which will lead us to fulfill God’s will perfectly. There is no reason to get discouraged by failures but begin again and again every day.
Fr. Louis Maram Reddy