Hebrews 6:1 ‘Therefore let us go on toward perfection.’
But no matter how hard I try, I still experience failures?
Padre Pio’s assurance: ‘You must not be discouraged or let yourself become dejected if your actions have not succeeded as perfectly as you intended. What do you expect? We are made of clay, and not every soil yields the fruits expected by the one who tills it. But let us always humble ourselves and acknowledge that we are nothing if we lack the divine assistance.’
‘By the virtue of modesty, the devout person governs all exterior acts. By self-restraint, the soul exercises restriction over all the senses: sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing. By chastity, a virtue which ennobles our nature and makes it similar to that of the angels, we suppress our sensuality and detach it from forbidden pleasures.’
‘This is the magnificent picture of Christian perfection. Happy is the one who possesses all these fine virtues, all of them fruits of the Holy Spirit, who dwells within that person. Such a soul has nothing to fear and will shine in the world as the sun in the heavens.’
Lord, I now know the secret: I can’t reach perfection, but you can do it through me. Do it, for the good of all people, and for Your glory. Amen.