Holiness

Attaining Holiness: Our Efforts and God’s Grace

Although asceticism is necessary for the spiritual life, we must realize that in a certain sense all asceticism is destined to fail. Human beings cannot change themselves by their own power. We must desire holiness and do all we can to acquire it. [Saint] Therese said: “I don’t want to be a saint by halves!” […]

The Gap Between Me and the Saints

STUPID: I know some people can become saints, but I’m not one of them. The gap between me and the saints is like the gap between a pebble and a mountain. SENSIBLE: I have four answers to that. First, a pebble is a part of a mountain. It’s made of the same stuff. Second, all […]

The Gap Between Sin and God

Catholics call completion of that… process “Purgatory”. Call it what you will, but if you really think that you can endure and enjoy the full light and fire of God a second after you die, being essentially the same kind of being you are now, without any additional divine operations on your soul, then you […]

Romans 8:28 and Faith and Hope and Understanding

The blocked quotes below are from the book How to Be Holy by Peter Kreeft. As Leon Bloy often said, “Life, in the end, has only one tragedy: not to have been a saint.” —Ch. 1: Ten Reasons to Read This Book Romans 8: 28 We know that all things work together for good for […]

To Be Holy, Not Just Comfortable

It’s not the church’s job to make us comfortable… Its job is to help to make us holy. + It’s true that the church should be like the father in Christ’s parable, running to greet the son who’d squandered his inheritance on booze and prostitutes, eager to embrace and forgive him. But note how the […]

Charismatic and Sanctifying Gifts

—from the blog post Charisms =/= Sanctity by Mark Shea at the National Catholic Register The point is that there are two different sorts of gifts that the Church speaks of: charismatic gifts and sanctifying gifts.   Now Paul’s point in describing the charisms is this: your charisms are not for you.  They are the […]

BACON! And now that I have your attention… Saints and Glimpses of God

And whoever the man named Jesus was, He was Jewish. His parents were Jewish. His friends were Jewish. And I’m Catholic. The fact that He was Jewish was summed up, in my immature brain, with one thought: He never ate bacon. And yet here I am, His follower, and I like my bacon extra-crispy. He […]