[quote=JMJ Theresa]I’m sure that this is a question of an immature spirituality; however, our wonderful priest said in an homily that God has given us all the graces necessary for sanctification. All we have to do is let Him do it. I’ve heard this before in other forms. I believe it, I just don’t get it. I’m not seeing any progression in my own holiness.
My state in life is a homemaker with a half a dozen children. Mostly, I’m just treading water as far as life goes–and that is just managing the daily details.
How am I suppose to let God make me holy?
Hi Theresa…rather an insightful question. God is continually offering sanctity to us in the present moment or the duties involved in our state in life whatever that state may be. God calls us to this state as His Plan and Method of sanctification. Where our own effort enters into the picture of the duties involved in our state is our attitude to them and as the Will of God for us and to strive to accomplish our duties as God’s direct request of us in each day. Whole books have been written on this subject. I am reading at the moment and for the second time de Caussade’s work “Abandonment to Divine Providence” which deals with the subject overall. It is a quite lengthy work and at times somewhat complex, somewhat!..this Chapter may help you (and what I am quoting is but a small portion of the whole Chapter):
[font=Times New Roman][size=3]"[size=2]…[font=Times New Roman]are remarkably few extraordinary characteristics in the outward events of the life of the most holy Virgin, at least there are none recorded in holy Scripture. Her exterior life is represented as very ordinary and simple. She did and suffered the same things that anyone in a similar state of life might do or suffer. She goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth as her other relatives did. She took shelter in a stable in consequence of her poverty. She returned to Nazareth from whence she had been driven by the persecution of Herod, and lived there with Jesus and Joseph, supporting themselves by the work of their hands. It was in this way that the holy family gained their daily bread. But what a divine nourishment Mary and Joseph received from this daily bread for the strengthening of their faith! It is like a sacrament to sanctify all their moments. What treasures of grace lie concealed in these moments filled, apparently, by the most ordinary events. That which is visible might happen to anyone, but the invisible, discerned by faith, is no less than God operating…"[/size]
There is also St. Therese’s autobiogrpahy I think called “Story of a Soul” which is an extremely simple statement of the duties of one’s state as sanctification concept.
I see someone else has quoted “Introduction to The Devout Life” as a recommended read and I would second that as another deliberately simple rendition of the present moment sanctification concept of holiness altho St. Francis does get quite ‘flowery’ in language at times and reflective of his own times. The Introduction to The Devout Life is written specifically for the lay person living an ordinary everyday type of life and so is an especially good and enlightening read for a lay person.
The prime source of sanctification of all things of course, is Mass, The Sacraments and personal prayer…these are foundational to any sort of specifically Catholic orientated spirituality whatsoever.
There is an online text of Introduction to The Devout Life on:
I dont think St. Therese’s autobiography is on line, at leas to my knowledge, but others may be more helpful here.
How do we let God santify us…by accepting joyfully all the duties of the state of life to which He has called us and connected matters basically and more insight than that can sure be gained from reading possible some of the works recommended as a start.
I hope as this thread unwinds, that you will find the discerning you seek with many blessings.