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Journey to holiness

We can fail to understand that “not everyone can do everything” and that in this life human weaknesses are not healed completely and once for all by grace. In every case, as Saint Augustine taught, God commands you to do what you can and to ask for what you cannot, and indeed to pray to him humbly: “Grant what you command, and command what you will”.

Journey to holiness

By Fr. Robert D’Souza
While journeying through the road to holiness one can make a mistake of relying too much on one’s intellectual ability (Gnosticism) or on one’s desire and efforts (Pelagianism).

We can fail to understand that “not everyone can do everything” and that in this life human weaknesses are not healed completely and once for all by grace.

In every case, as Saint Augustine taught, God commands you to do what you can and to ask for what you cannot, and indeed to pray to him humbly: “Grant what you command, and command what you will”.

Ultimately, the lack of a heartfelt and prayerful acknowledgment of our limitations prevents grace from working more effectively within us. Isaiah puts this so very well when he says that the people may build houses but may not inhabit them, or they may plant vineyards but may not eat its fruit.

The official in today’s Gospel passage had recognized his limitations and the power of Jesus’ words therefore he experiences a miracle in his life and his entire family believes in Jesus.

Which wrong ideology hinders my growth in holiness? In what way I make room for God’s grace in my life?

(A prolific writer Fr. Dr. Robert Baptist D’souza has been a perspicacious translator for years including the translation of the voluminous Catechism of the Catholic Church. He translated the 16 sticker books of the Living in Faith to Marathi and is busy translating the Bible into the same language. He belongs to the diocese of Vasai and is the director of the pastoral centre.)

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