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Thought for the Day – 11 March – The Growth of Jesus

Thought for the Day – 11 March – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

The Growth of Jesus

“It is impossible to stand still in life.
This is true, whether we are speaking of the natural or of the supernatural order of life..
Life is motion and activity; there can be no cessation.
In the natural order, life begins in the womb and passes through the various stages of infancy, adolescence, maturity and old age.

The supernatural life begins in Baptism, matures in Confirmation and is made entirely holy in the Eucharistic union with Jesus
But, if this life begins to fail, the result can be everlasting ruin.
It is true that in His infrinite goodness, Jesus has provided the Sacrament of Penance for those who fall and extinguish in themselves, the supernatural life of grace.
The Sacrament of Penance, has been instituted for their salvation.

At the hour of death moreover, the Sacrament of Extreme Unction heals the soul of sin and soothes the worn-out body with a refreshing ray of the spiritual life.

But woe betide those who abuse God’s gifts!
If anyone repeatedly rejects His favours and appears, instead of advancing in goodness, to be sliding backwards into ruin, he will be engulfed in the languor of spiritual death!

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

PART ONE HERE:
https://anastpaul.com/2020/03/11/thought-for-the-day-11-march-the-growth-of-jesus/

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Thought for the Day – 11 March – The Growth of Jesus

Thought for the Day – 11 March – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

The Growth of Jesus

We read, in the Gospel of St Luke, that “Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and grace before God and men” (2:52).
Jesus as God, was the infinite wisdom of the Father and could not, therefore, advance in wisdom.
He was eternal and could not advance in age.
He was the source and giver of grace, so could not make progress in this regard.
As man, however, Jesus wished that the external development of all His powers should correspond with His advance in age.
He wished to display His wisdom and holiness, in a gradual manner.
He did this, in order to set an example.
The life of a Christian, should be a gradual advance towards God, towards wisdom and holiness.
“You, therefore, are to be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:48).
Every true Christian aims at making constant progress towards perfection.
The imperfect, must correct their failings and master their evil inclinations.
The lukewarm, must try to be more fervent in prayer and good works.
Those who are good, must try to be better.
Those who are holy, must go on increasing in sanctity (Cf Apoc 22:11).

Antonio Cardinal Bacci