Archbishop Sheen ping!
Thank you for posting this!
Sanctity, then, is not giving up the world. It is exchanging the world. It is a continuation of that sublime transaction of the Incarnation in which Christ said to Man:
"You give Me your humanity, I will give you My Divinity. You give Me your time, I will give you My eternity. You give Me your bonds, I will give you My Omnipotence. You give Me your slavery, I will give you My freedom. You give Me your death, I will give you My Life. You give Me your nothingness, I will give you My All."
And the consoling thought throughout this whole transforming process is that it does not require much time to make us saints; it requires only much love.
It is a bitter-sweet read for me, because of all that I did that was wrong, and all that I lost because I rejected what was right and Holy and Good.
My mother has a book that dates back many decades called "La Donna Cattolica." It contains instructions on what it means, and what Catholic law one has to abide by, to truthfully call oneself a Catholic Woman. The book predates this piece by Bishop Sheen by a couple of decades, and touches upon many of the things Bishop Sheen talks about here.
I know that God loves one that repents, but how he must also love one who is tempted and tempted and tempted, but because of the love he or she holds for Jesus, invokes the Holy Spirit religiously, and lays waste to those temptations.
The Lord may not have come for the righteous, but the righteous are far too easily forgotten.
Bishop Sheen, a true Man, a true lover of the Lord, and a true, far too scarce, Shepherd.