JANUARY DEVOTION ON SANTIFICATION

“This is the will of God, even your sanctification.” {1 Thessalonians} The end of sanctification, in the sense of consecration, is to do the will of God – “be not conformed to this world”. We are to present ourselves to God, not because it is a pleasant and luxurious thing to live in the state of consecration, but to do the will of God. There are, in the Bible, two great meanings to the word ‘sanctification'. The Old Testament meaning had this peculiarity, that it did not necessarily imply any inward change in the heart sanctified. In fact, it was not even necessarily applied to hearts at all, but to things. A field, an altar, a house, the priest's vestments could be sanctified (as they still can). That means set apart for a sacred use or purpose. But the New Testament word has a deeper meaning: it means not only outward consecration, but inward holiness. It means not only an outward consecration, but an individual's continuing struggle to work towards inward holiness – that is enduing ones soul with the mind of Christ, which must surely be what is God's will for us. The Old Testament consecration is a mere, though a good, separation (things set aside for holy purposes), whereas the New Testament meaning is a visitation from the ‘higher world' – the coming of God's Spirit from above with a principle of holiness that is to work an inward likeness to the character of God. A man is ordained so that God may use him, but the inner sanctification is the process by which that man indeed yearns to serve God. God's will recoils back upon the person using it, and benefits him by making an internal change in him. As Hebrews says: “This is My will, not My gain, but yours; not My eternal advantage, but yours; not My holiness, but your sanctification”. We could say that God wants our will out of the way, to make room for His will – and His will is that we should gain heaven, and, by His unspeakable love and generosity, to live with Him for all eternity. {Adapted from essays by Reverend Henry Drummond} +++

Let us pray: O God: Who hast made this most sacred Christmass Season to shine with the brightness of the true light: grant, we beseech Thee, that we, who have known the mysteries of Christ's light on earth, may also have the fruition of His joys in Heaven. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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Let us pray:

O God, Who, by the leading of a star, didst manifest Thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles: mercifully grant that we, who know Thee now by faith, may, after this life, have the contemplation of Thy glorious Godhead. Through the same Thy Son, our Lord and Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.

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And a Passing Thought

You are children of eternity. Your immortal crown awaits you, and the best of Fathers waits there to reward your duty and love. You may indeed sow here in tears, but you may be sure there to reap in joy.

(Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton)

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WE WORSHIP THEE IN THY SACRED HUMANITY: O CHRIST OUR REDEEMER!

JESUS, INFANT OF PRAGUE: HAVE MERCY UPON US!

JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH: WE GIVE THEE ENTIRELY OUR HEARTS AND OUR SOULS!

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Brethren: I beseech you therefore, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind: that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. {The Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans}

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Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which Thou hast given me, for all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me. O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,, may I know Thee more clearly, love Thee more dearly, and follow Thee more nearly. Amen.

{Prayer of Saint Richard of Chichester}

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