Remembering Our Baptismal Promise

Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, He said to His apostles:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And be sure of this, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19-20

Those are our marching orders too. As Baptized Christians we are to be evangelists teaching others about the love of Christ, not necessarily by lecturing about the Word of God, but by witnessing for Christ and being an example of the love and mercy of Jesus.

In the following the Saints speak about our duty as Christians:

“To be perfect in our vocation is nothing else than to fulfill the duties which our state of life obliges us to perform, and to accomplish them well, and only for the honor and love of God.” St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

“This is the business of our life. By labour and prayer to advance in the grace of God, until we come to that height of perfection in which, with clean hearts, we may behold God.” St. Augustine (354-430)

“If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new ardour. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honour.” St. Charles Borromeo (1538-84)

“Our actions have a tongue of their own; they have an eloquence of their own, even when the tongue is silent. For deeds prove the lover more than words.” St. Cyril of Jerusalem (315-86)

“The Lord measures our perfection neither by the multitude nor the magnitude of our deeds, but by the manner in which we perform them.” St. John of the Cross (1542-91)

From the book: “The Voice of the Saints” Quotes selected and arranged by Francis W. Johnston TAN Books

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