Sunday, October 21, 2012

There is A Certain Holiness in You


"It takes courage, perseverance and sacrifice for life to become a saint and it takes purity of the heart and Godly actions to become holy. You will neither become a saint, nor holy. As long as you follow your life's purpose in good ways, you may not become a saint, but you are closer to becoming holy. "



What does it take to become a saint? How can you become holy? In today's modern era, people have experienced drastic change in way of living. To live is becoming more comfortable and convenient with the advent of rapid technological advancement. In some ways, this could mean progress and the other way could be destruction--the good and the bad effects of what life has to offer.

Advanced civilization has changed how people think and act. It has change certain behaviors and values that was once good in nature. People have been so cruel, mean and greedy. Understanding became confusion; peace turned into war; openness became selfishness and love turned into hatred.

However, no matter how bad people will become, there's a certain goodness that is left in his heart. People sometimes are tough, yet gentle. Some could be mean, yet straightforward. Others could be cruel, yet compassionate. There is a certain goodness hidden to whatever dark side that people carry. 

Everything that happens can be understood better if you know both the bad and the good. Sometimes, you need to experience how it feels like to become bad so you appreciate the goodness in others. You need to do bad things to gauge how good you truly become. It is only then you distinguish which is better--the bad or the good.

We are commanded to do things in accordance to what is good and avoid the bad ones. But the world we live in may be full of negativity that will test our faith. There are some invisible forces that will challenge you to your limits. It may be hard to escape, but to take it and live it.

Is it possible for bad people to become holy in the end? Is holiness only for the good ones? Can you become a saint if you've committed terrible bad deeds? Well, why not? biblical history would tell that the famous saints that we venerate today are once a sinner. They may have been so cruel and unloving in their past, yet they have made a great changes and transformation in their lives. They had the power to change who they are and in the later part of their lives became holy. They mastered the purity of their heart and spiritual service. In the end, the goodness in them prevailed.

Just like us, we can't be good all the time. It is a human nature to commit mistakes and become bad once in a while. There is no such thing as absolute human being, but only divine being does have. Even the newly canonized saints did not live their lives in absolute good. They have been bad even before they attained ultimate realization of spiritual enlightenment.

There is no need to worry if you became bad as long as you did your best to change yourself for the better. Your life is not your past. Your past does not define your future. Your future will depend on what you do to the present. 

Not everyone will become a saint since it is only for the chosen ones. No matter what good things you've done to humanity, there is no assurance that you will  become a canonized saint. There is a certain holiness in your being. Your goal is not to become a saint, but to live a kind of life that is Christ-like.

It takes courage, perseverance and sacrifice for life to become a saint and it takes purity of the heart and Godly actions to become holy. You will neither become a saint, nor holy. As long as you follow your life's purpose in good ways, you may not become a saint, but you may be closer to becoming holy. 


© 2012 Del Cusay




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