The Road to Holiness

The way to live a life of holiness is found in the gospels. Embedded in all the wonders and teachings of Jesus lies the key. The life of holiness is a life rooted in the beatitudes. To be holy is to be poor in spirit, meek, empathetic, just, merciful, simple and pure, peaceful, and courageous in faith. In other words, to be holy is to be unaffected by the worries of the world because of a dependence on the will of the Father.

Is that easy? Not at all. This is why a “holy” person depends on prayer, a tight relationship with God that goes beyond formal words to conversations with Him. Conversations where you are not just talking, but also listening. Listening for what God is saying to you through Scripture, through others, through the events of your life. “Holy” people depend on their relationship with God. They trust in God. “Holy” people don’t take life too seriously, but they are serious about loving and serving God and others.

“It takes effort to always do good…The road to holiness is not for the lazy!

Pope Francis tweet on 9/17/2018

 

Jill Fischer is the Principal of St. Dominic Catholic School.

 

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Sgt. Pepper’s and the Sermon on the Mount

Several years, Rolling Stone Magazine chose the top 500 albums of all time. Number one on the list, was The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The magazine said: “Sgt. Pepper’s is the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time.”

The album, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, is filled with timeless hits, still played by millions today. The beauty of these “hits” is that all of the songs on the album fit perfectly together; they form one cohesive theme and sound.

What if we ranked the greatest hits in Scripture, Jesus’s theme or message? What would be our number one?

I think The Sermon on the Mount would be ranked extremely high, if not right near the top by Christians everywhere.

Think about the “hits” from these writings:

  • We learn the Beatitudes (“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”)
  • We hear about salt and light (“Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”)
  • We hear the teachings about the law (“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.”)
  • We hear about anger (“But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.”)
  • We learn to pray (“This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…”)
  • We learn the Golden Rule (“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.”)

And the hits just keep on coming, all with one cohesive theme and sound.

These words challenge us. They make us ponder who we are. They ask us to examine how we are living our lives every single day.

We often return to a classic or favorite album, listening to it over and over for joy and comfort.

Wouldn’t it be nice to do the same with these inspiring words?

 

Dan Herda is an editor of theROCK