The way of holiness is the way of purificationPost date: 2017-08-18
The way of holiness is the way of purification
The way of holiness is the way of purification. We need to be healed by Jesus, little by little, of all kinds of wounds or bad habits. This mostly concerns our soul. Suffering is usually spiritual rather than physical, but the various sufferings lead to deliverance and healing. We suffer, for example, when we face the truth about ourselves, our neighbours and the world. It is so simple and yet so disguised. In essence, we need to begin to live the Gospel to the full. To begin to live the very first and greatest commandment – to love God above all things and our neighbours as ourselves. The other commands and counsels lead to this peak.
The word ‘love’ – ‘to love’ is the opposite of self-love and hatred. We love God by trying to know His commandments and by keeping them. Very soon we come into conflict with our ego, with our feelings, reason, will and our vices. This resistance requires a persistent fight to the death! In fact, we are to die to our self with Christ, to enter into His death time and time again (2Cor 4:10f).