A Life of Holiness

God calls us to a life of holiness.
Does holiness ever take a holiday?
It does in my case.
I still yield to temptations.
There are temptations
that still seem
beyond my ability to resist.
There are little pockets of resistance
to holiness in my life
which I have been unable to surrender.
I am weak.

I keep my unholy behavior hidden.
But God sees, God knows…
and God still loves.
But in holding onto these
unholy behaviors
I am keeping myself
from the one thing I really want
the most: God.

How ironic: I have devoted my life
to fighting the cruel impact
of poverty,
and yet I do almost nothing
to combat my own inner poverty.

Because God is holy,
I want to be holy.
And God’s holiness
never takes a holiday.
God is always working
on behalf of my salvation.
And my salvation lies
in forgetting myself
and yielding to God.

Even when I resist God’s grace
to overcome temptation,
God’s does not look at my rejection,
but at my heart
which truly wants to beat with love.

All that I can give God,
who has everything,
is my nothingness,
my emptiness,
my inability to overcome
my own inner poverty.


2 Responses to “A Life of Holiness”

  1. 1 aliceny January 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    You are not alone. Our numbers are legion. Yet we keep on struggling for the prize that we know will be ours.
    Pax et Bonum.

  2. 2 greatart3923 January 27, 2013 at 10:02 am

    All that I can give God,
    who has everything,
    is my nothingness . . .

    Thank you for sharing this reflection. Each day is a challenge to embrace the struggle – some days more graciously than others.

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