Thought for the Day – 1 November – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
The Feast of All Saints
“God addressed the same command to all of us.
“You shalt make and keep yourselves holy because I am holy” (Lev 11:44); 1 Peter 1:16).
“You are to be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:44).
We are all obliged to strive to become holy, to work hard towards this end and to ask for the grace to sustain us in our efforts.
We should not say that sanctity is impossible for us because, everything is possible with God’s help,
Let us imagine that we are in Heaven and can behold the innumerable choirs of the Blessed enjoying the unlimited and unending happiness of God’s company.
Nevertheless, they were once people, like ourselves, with the same passions, failings and temptations.
They fought valiantly, with the same passions, failings and temptations.
They fought valiantly, supported by the grace of God; they conquered and were awarded the palm of victory.
Now they enjoy everlasting happiness.
Let us remember the words of St Augustine: “If others, why not I?”
If they succeeded in becoming holy, why cannot I do likewise?”