ON JANUARY 5, 1982


“Few times in one’s life does one feel the tranquillity and peace of a Holy state of being.  These times are sometimes when we are in prayer, or we are listening to an excellent sermon, or we feel happiness in the piety that seems to radiate from within our whole being.

A continual state of desiring Holiness is possible, but it involves total submission of one’s will to total dedication and commitment to the Will of God, and it rarely gives one satisfaction as we know satisfaction to be; but, Its very existence makes us strive to work more, to work harder to accomplish the beautiful results that True Holiness promises: Sainthood with God for All Eternity.

Sainthood is available and is not outside of the reach of human beings.  How many times have you said to yourself and to others, ‘I believe in God,’ and then turned around and sinned against Him or offended Him in some way?

How many times have you desired piety to the point where you would feel a closeness to God that gave security, peace, tranquillity, hope, and an inward craving to please only Him?

The physical makeup of man has many facets to it, and the senses of men many times become the driving force rather than having sound moral values and sound moral standards as the driving force.  The senses can be conquered, corrected and directed by one’s own will to do it.

Piety is a way of prayer projecting one’s actions, thoughts, deeds and words to God’s Direction.  Piety is possible for everyone because piety is based on a willingness to share with God, to be with God, to serve God, to adore God, and to live according to His Will.  This, of course, is piety to its fullest.  The rewards of true piety are tremendous and are never awarded until one stands before God.

Piety in its first stages of growing has a happiness to it, a charity in it, and its roots are a deep love for God.  It is always sad when such piety is shattered by one’s ego, selfish senses, and immature, illogical acceptance of worldly pleasure over Spiritual growth.

We all look forward to new beginnings, with a hope for things to be better, for changes to be more beneficial, and for life to be more comfortable.  There are many beginnings in a lifetime, and most of the time these beginnings are the results of what we do, what we are involved in, and changes we make in our life.

Today can be the beginning of a dedicated move toward Sainthood, a constant awareness of our obedience to God’s Ten Commandments, a responsible alertness to how we act when we are with other people or even alone; also, what responsibilities we fulfill rather than escape from.  Everything counts.  Don’t let anyone mislead you, misinform you, misguide you in the lax terminology that encourages you to not be so rigid in your moral obligations, sound moral values and sound moral standards.  Think of such encouragement as being detrimental to your Sainthood.

If a man walked up to you and said, ‘For the next “kind” deed you do, I will give you a billion dollars,’ you might immediately say, ‘What a fool I would be to pass this up,’ and you might find yourself responding overzealously, overreacting to the tremendous offer, not asking enough questions regarding your responsibilities and what it will all involve and entail:  Kindness to whom?  Kindness to what?  Kindness reflecting what force?  Kindness can be requested to please another man’s ego, to satisfy another man’s selfishness, self-motives, self-love.  The word ‘kind’ should be questioned, and you should never be distracted by the inference that the word projects, but at the true, solid standing and meaning in which, with which, by which and for which, the word will reflect sound moral values and sound moral standards.  The word ‘good’ deed would have left less room for concern, because ‘good’ involves the Ten Commandments.”

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