The modern Church is in dire need of greatness.
We don’t merely need anyone in the seminary; we don’t exactly need anyone in the pew.
We need great men.
We need great men who don’t flee from danger or run into trifling dangers unheeded. We need immense men who live not for themselves but for another. We need enormous men who believe in love and love to believe.
We, the Church, need immense men.
We don’t need men who are excessively humble, and we certainly don’t need men who are vain.
We need great men.
And each of us–both you and me–have the potential to be great, to be magnanimous.
What, then, constitutes a great man? Magnanimous followers seek to do immense numbers, ordinances that would otherwise deserve statu and esteem from others. Their knowledge, in a word, have “stretched” to the consideration of great things( ST II-II, q. 129, a. 1 ). They are stigmatized by greatness of person and endeavour excellence in proportion to the offerings that they have received from God. In this style, even all the persons who seem little can be great.
The nine-to-five businessman can be great.
The oft-forgotten homemaker can be great.
The lonesome college student can be great.
The newly-minted seminarian can be great.
And even the obscured, cloistered living for a religious is likely to be differentiated by greatness.
Each of us–both you and me–have the potential to be great, to be magnanimous.
You and I are capable of the greatest of things: purity. You can be the greatest businessman and the best of fathers; you can be the greatest homemaker and the best of babies; you can be the greatest college student and the best of friends; you can be the greatest seminarian and the best of men; you can be the greatest religious and the best of women. And to be the greatest and to be the best is to be nothing less than a saint.
The modern Church is in dire need of this greatness.
The modern Church needs magnanimous, saintly men who pursue greatness in the midst of a mediocre nature, even when greatness is arduous or unsparing of life. She needs those truly huge feelings who know that there are certain conditions in which this life is not worth having, and that eternal life is promised to those who persevere to the end. She needs men who libido greatness , not of this world, but of the next.
We don’t time need anyone in the seminary; we don’t only need anyone in the pew.
We, the Church, need men who strive for greatness, who strive to be saints.
Editor’s note: This article initially appeared on Dominicana, the online gazette of the Province of St. Joseph, and is reprinted now with nature permission.
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