GeE 7: The Middle Class Of Holiness

See the source imagePope Francis lauds the virtue of patience. He also adjusts the more common notion of a Church militant. Is this the first of many stings toward the more extreme portions of Catholicism? In comparing the efforts of one Michael Voris, I see little commonality with patience. Likewise frequent operations in warfare.

7. I like to contemplate the holiness present in the patience of God’s people: in those parents who raise their children with immense love, in those men and women who work hard to support their families, in the sick, in elderly religious who never lose their smile. In their daily perseverance I see the holiness of the Church militant. Very often it is a holiness found in our next-door neighbors, those who, living in our midst, reflect God’s presence. We might call them “the middle class of holiness” [Cf. Joseph Malegue, Pierres noires. Les classes moyennes du Salut, Paris, 1958]

Middle class of holiness: I like that image. Thoughts?

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to GeE 7: The Middle Class Of Holiness

  1. Liam says:

    Middle class in the sense of lacking agonistic melodrama of grandiosity.

    For example, if we pray for more patience, God’s response is not likely to be either some magical injection of the Patience Vaccine, or a grand heroic battle to reveal our patience for the world to see.

    Instead, perhaps more type: more ordinary things that just annoy the heck out of us.

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