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The finest sermon ever preached was delivered by God, in Person, as He sat on the slopes of a mountain over 2000 years ago: “Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Blessed are the patient; they shall inherit the land. Blessed are those who mourn; they shall be comforted. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for holiness; they shall have their fill.”

Christ was challenging the world. Speaking to a group of ordinary, illiterate country people, He told them that their vocation in life was to aspire after the holiness of God Himself. “You are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect… Lay up treasure for yourselves in Heaven… Make it your first care to find the Kingdom of God and His approval… Make your way in by the narrow gate.” Little wonder that St Paul, a few years later, could tell the people of Thessalonica: “What God asks of you is that you should sanctify yourselves.”

Christ lived and taught on this earth to sanctify souls. That was the reason He established His Church. He intended all men to be saints. There is not one kind of Christianity for priests, monks and nuns, and another for people living in the world. To all, St Peter addresses these words: “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people God means to have for Himself; it is yours to proclaim the exploits of the God Who has called you out of the darkness into His marvellous light.”

Every Christian, in virtue of the fact that he is a Christian, is bound to seek after holiness. Monks and nuns bind themselves by vows to help them in their quest, but the vows do not make the obligation: they simply reinforce and emphasise it. The destination of the Christian life is perfection for all. In every Age of the Church, there have been saints in the world as well as in the cloister. [to be continued]

– Excerpts from Holiness Through Mary by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s contact details, please click here.


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“‘Suppose we lived in a society where everyone kept all of its laws – wouldn’t we be all happy and at peace with one another?’

‘There is no doubt that living in such a society where everyone would behave and keep the laws would obviously be of great benefit to the citizens of any country.

But this does not mean that we would be living in a world filled with happiness.

Nobody doubts the value of laws and rules.

But the question arises of why do people keep the law?

Many people observe laws because they are afraid of the consequences of violating them. If a person thinks about committing a crime he may for a few moments think he can get away with it, but the thought of the punishment he will face if he breaks the law causes him to refrain. Because many do not believe in God or have little or no respect for God’s laws, we as a society must have laws. Laws have a good purpose and serve us well.

Jesus, however, is looking for something far deeper than legal observances.

He wants us to be motivated by love, to live loving lives, to care and to unselfishly give of ourselves to others and to our Father in heaven.

This is a way of living that no law can motivate or impose on us.

The world he wants is a loving and caring world, not just a world where nobody breaks any laws. When the underlying motivation is love of God and love of our neighbour then we will achieve happiness. Jesus spells it out for us in the Beatitudes [Mt 5:2-12]. Jesus wants the best from us, not just our minimum performances.”
– This article was published in “Saint Martin Magazine” issue September 2013. For subscriptions please visit (external link).


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