Ave Maria Meditations

Mt 7:14: For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life…

A want of will is the chief obstacle to our becoming saints. We are not holy because we do not really wish to become so. We would indeed gladly possess the virtues of the saints: their humility and patience, their love of suffering, penance and zeal– but we are unwilling to embrace all that goes to make a saint and to enter on the narrow path that leads to sanctity.

A strong will, a resolute will, is needed; a will which is not to be broken by difficulties or turned aside by trifling obstacles; a determination to be a saint and not to faint and falter because the way seems long and hard and narrow. A big heart, a courageous heart, is needed for sanctification, to fight our own worst enemy: our own self love.

+ Fr. Willie Doyle S.J.

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