Image by Fr. Shadi Beshara
People seek for miracles so they may believe and see, and for messages, so they may hear and know, and for a road so they may walk and reach salvation and happiness. The miracle is the Eucharist, the sign is the Cross, the message is the Gospel and salvation is through the Church.
1- The most important, greatest, and holiest sign is the sign of the Cross. The cross is the sign of God’s love for you; let it also be the sign of your love for God. The sign of the Cross is a sign of love, not a sign of challenge, and its light will shine throughout the whole world.
2- The salvation of humanity is through the Church. The Church has been carrying on the project of salvation, which Christ began 2,000 years ago and which will not end before the end of the world. All the waves of evil will break on the rock of the Church. Commit yourselves to the Church and all her teachings in full, and do not select from among them.
3- The most important and greatest message is the message of the Gospel, which bears the teaching of Christ. Not one of His words shall pass away before the world passes away. Whoever does not know the Gospel remains ignorant and lives in darkness, even if he had all the knowledge of the world. Whoever does not live the Gospel, is not living. The truth of the Gospel remains always as it is.
4- The most important and greatest miracle is the Holy Eucharist, the Body of Christ, the Paschal lamb who takes away the sins of the world, the living God risen from the dead.
In vain you search for signs more important than the sign of the Cross. Do not ask for messages that you believe are more important than the message of the Gospel. Do not search for your salvation outside the Church of Christ. Do not be distracted, running after miracles that dazzle your eyes. Nothing is greater than the miracle of the Holy Eucharist. Keep away from deceptive magic because it will lead you to emptiness.
Avoid the sign that does not direct you to the sign of the Cross. Ignore the message that does not stem from the Gospel. Reject the miracle that does not lead you to the Eucharist; and through the Church, you can discern them all. Through the Cross, the Church, the Gospel, and the Eucharist, you will be sanctified. God created you so you might be sanctified and not so that you might die.
Sanctity does not come by chance, sanctity is a choice. Do not wait for it to descend on you from the outside; you must live and attain it from the inside. The Kingdom of God is in your heart.
Sanctity is grace and will; the grace is from God and the will is from you.
You are a potential saint; strive to be an actual saint.