Ave Maria Meditations
And so, dearly beloved, let what St. Paul said come to pass, that “they that live, should from now on not live for themselves but for Him who died for all and rose again” (2 Cor 5:15).
And because the old things have passed away and all things have become new, let none remain in the old carnal life, but let us all be renewed by daily progress and growth in piety. For however much a person is justified, as long as one remains in this life, one can always be more improved and better. For the one that is not advancing is going back, and the one that is gaining nothing is losing something.
Let us run, then, with the steps of faith, by the works of mercy, in the love of righteousness, that keeping the day of our redemption spiritually, not in the old leaven of malice and wickedness, but in the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (cf 1 Cor 5:8), we may deserve to be partakers in Christ’s resurrection.
Saint Leo the Great