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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Two Subtle Enemies of Holiness

We continue to look at Chapter Two in Gaudete et Exsultatae; I skipped this before but now will continue with the two enemies of holiness the Pope speaks about in this Chapter. Francis says,
"Here I would like to mention two false forms of holiness that can lead us astray: gnosticism and pelagianism. They are two heresies from early Christian times, yet they continue to plague us. In our times too, many Christians, perhaps without realizing it, can be seduced by these deceptive ideas, which reflect an anthropocentric immanentism disguised as Catholic truth. Let us take a look at these two forms of doctrinal or disciplinary security that give rise 'to a narcissistic and authoritarian elitism, whereby instead of evangelizing, one analyses and classifies others, and instead of opening the door to grace, one exhausts his or her energies in inspecting and verifying. In neither case is one really concerned about Jesus Christ or others."

Be patient as this Chapter is important; we have seen what would help us become holy in all the other chapters; now we look at what hinders holiness.

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