Tuesday, March 18, 2008

And "What does holiness consist of, Papa?" and he said...

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI in Red Hat - Opus Bono Sacerdotii

"The saints are not people who never made mistakes or sinned, but who repented and were reconciled. Hence, also among saints there are oppositions, discords and controversies, and this is very consoling for me, as we see that the saints have not 'fallen from heaven. They are men like us, with complicated problems. Holiness does not consist in not making mistakes or never sinning. Holiness grows with the capacity for conversion, repentance, willingness to begin again, and above all with the capacity for reconciliation and forgiveness. And we can all learn this way of holiness."


Marie said...


I remember when I first began reading books on the Saints and I became dispirited when I would read things such as, 'the sun shone, the birds sang and flowers bloomed' if particular Saints walked by.

Here was I always struggling with pride, inconsistancy, impatience, humility..But, sometimes the Victory IS in the struggle..It is when we stop struggling and give in that is dangerous.

Beautiful post THANKYOU. We need to write about our Saints as real people who also struggled.

Wishing you a Holy & Sacred Easter:).

Marie xoxoxox

Joyful Catholics said...

Hi Marie and thank you! I hope your Triduum is holy, happy and blessed. What a wonderful gift we have in the CC for these holy days, and feast days of Saints, etc! What a wonderful God we have, who gave us His Son to save us. I pray to never stop the "struggle" as you say, but to persevere with HOPE. And as we know our HOPE is ALIVE for HE IS RISEN!