Thursday, May 06, 2010

Principles and Practices - May 7

Jesus, Our Model

But what is the holiness which is proposed to Christians as a model?

No other than that of God Himself:
'Be ye therefore perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect':
it is Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, it is God made Man, to teach us the way of holiness, who addresses these words to us.

What do they really mean?

Can we, in very deed, be holy as God is holy?

No; it is impossible for us to be holy as He is, or even to approach His infinite perfection.

But what­ever may be our holiness, it must be moulded upon His, which is the only source and the only pattern of all holiness.

-Father Jean Grou.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930

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