JP2 On Living IN the World …

This great quote is from John Paul II, give in 1988 in an apostolic exhortation that was specifically directed towards lay people (that is, not ordained)

 jp21878-1-photo.jpg There cannot be two parallel lives in our existence: on the one hand, the so-called ‘spiritual’ life with its values and demands; and on the other, the so-called ‘secular’ life, that is, life in a family, at work, in social relationshis, in the responsibilities of public life and in culture … This split between the faith which many of us profess and our daily lives deserves to be counted among the more serious errors of our age.

– The late John Paul II, in Christifideles Laici (The Lay Members of Christ’s Faithful People)

Whether that is seen as hypocrisy, denial, self-delusion, whatever … all we need to do is examine our own lives and we’ll know that this is a trap that is oh-so-easy to fall into. Chameleon-like – holy and all that when it’s convenient, fitting in (with plenty of compromises) when that’s convenient … just don’t let any of our “holy” friends see us now.

This Lent, may God grant us the grace to live a real unity of life, striving for holiness. humility and all the virtues in absolutely every aspect of our lives. Without compromise.

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JP2 On Living IN the World …

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