The Path to Holiness Is Not Easy

Already I hear the questions you want to ask me: How can we become saints if there are so many obstacles in our way? How can we be honest if there is bribery and corruption around us? How can we become holy if the surest way to earn a living is to be mean and to exploit others? How can we become holy if we live in a world that cheapens true love or does not appreciate the beauty of chaste love? I hear these questions and many more besides. God the Father knows your difficulties, but he also knows that deep down you want to do the right thing; deep down you want to follow Christ because you know that he is "the way and the truth and the life" (]n 14:6). Of course, the path to holiness is not easy, but that should not prevent us from facing the difficulties with courage. The path to holiness is a journey, sometimes a difficult journey involving an inner struggle against slushiness and sin. We must be properly equipped to make this journey. Saint Paul gives us a list of the "clothing"-the attitudes - necessary: "heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience" (Col 3:12). 

SPEECH TO YOUTH, BLANTYRE, MALAWI May 5, 1989

(Pope John Paul II, “Love is the Explanation of Everything”, Rizzoli 2011, Page 149)

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