10 November 2011

What separates the saints

Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote that Christ was born to die. The rest of us come into this world in order to live, and death is a rupture in that life. But Our Lord's entire existence fell beneath the shadow of that Cross, which loomed ever before Him, even from the moment He lay in the cradle.

What separates the saints from the rest is their embrace of this same purpose: that they, in their ardent love for Our Lord, so identify with Him that they see their purpose as one and the same: they, too, were born to die. They cannot bear the thought of their Lord ascending Mt. Calvary alone. They must walk with Him.