Holiness and sin are two roads, which we can travel. Fortunately, we have been equipped with faulty proof GPS systems. This parallels nicely to Pentecost, which we just celebrated. Before He ascended into heaven, Jesus promised the Apostles that He wouldn’t leave us alone, the Advocate or Holy Spirit would always be there to guide us. Because of the free will God gave us, we can choose to follow the directives of the Holy Spirit or the whims of the world. Hopefully for the sake of our souls, we will choose wisely by helping ourselves and others and following a more holy path.
We know of holy people who worked together like Saint Benedict, father of the Monastic rule and founder of what many call modern western thought and his scholarly sister Saint Scholastica. There are countless saints like this in the days when Catholicism was under attacks from all sides. However, there are modern examples as well. Saint John Paul met Saint Padre Pio when the young Father Wojtyla from Poland was studying Rome and decided to take a day trip to southern Italy to meet the much-talked-about Padre Pio.
The simple facts of the matter is when we meet a holy person of know someone who did, will we try to take all of the information in like we would if we met a famous rock, sports or movie star? Will we try to understand the life that Christ lived through that holy person, or will we just view is as a curiosity? The purist of holiness is up to us, for it will not only benefit the lives of others but out own souls as well.
Dave Hartline is a Catholic writer, who graduated from Marion Catholic High School and Ohio University. He has also been a Catholic school teacher, coach and administrator in the Diocese of Columbus. He currently is the Stewardship and Development Director at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Powell. He is the author of various articles as well as two Catholic books. He is the author of an book on unreported “Good News” in the Catholic Church published by St. Benedict Press.