You are responsible for your sanctity. However, we are not isolated beings. You and I rely upon other people’s sanctity to build up our own sanctity. And with that, others depend upon our sanctity. With so much sin in the world, it feels like lighting a candle of hope, a candle of sanctity, is impossible. If we rely upon others’ sanctity, which is lacking in this world, how can we, ourselves, gain sanctity for ourselves?
Well, it is because we rely upon the source of all sanctity first and foremost for our sanctity. We rely upon God to provide. He provided for our very existence, surely He Who is the definition of sanctity will provide us what we need. Sure, others are to help build up our sanctity, but it is ultimately Our Father’s job to provide for our needs.
And yet, Our Father calls all of us to build up our sanctity, first and foremost, to achieve eternal salvation, but also to build up the sanctity of our brothers and sisters. This is a family issue and not just a personal one. The greater our sanctity, our state of grace, the better we can build up the sanctity for our brothers and sisters. You cannot give to others what you do not have. It is noble that we want more for our children, but it begins with having something to give to our children and letting them stand on our shoulders.
The graces that come into the world through you are lessened or magnified depending upon our sanctity. And when God wishes to bring great graces into the world, He sets that person aside and provides them greater graces. He does this for the greater good of His children. Indeed, when He wished to bring the ultimate grace of His Eternal Son into the world, He needed someone “Full of Grace”. Someone without the stain of sin in order not to lessen the graces that He was bestowing upon the world. And we call her, Mary.
We relied upon Mary for the Son to be born that we might be adopted sons and daughters of God “through Jesus Christ”. [Ephesians 1:5] And as our Mother, we rely upon her for our sanctity as well. It is Our Father’s duty to provide for us, His children, and it is our Mother’s duty to nurture us that we might grow in sanctity. She desires our eternal salvation and those of our brothers and sisters in a perfect mother’s way.
Mary, help us to build up our sanctity, relying upon Our Father to provider and for you, Mom, to nurture within us. We do not want to see the ruin of any of our brothers and sisters, especially those who have been entrusted to our care. Mom, “pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”