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LM17-19B Jesus Model of Perfection

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, March 14, 2017 (Four Ways to Grow in Christs Love.)


Jesus Christ, His Love, My Perfection
2017 Lenten Mission Talks by Fr. Michael Rodríguez - Six CD Audio Set


Theme of Mission: We can never sufficiently contemplate the eternal, perfect and infinite love that Jesus Christ has for us. The more we meditate upon this profound reality, the more we will seek to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect.

Exhortation: This mission presents foundational principles of the Christian spiritual life. If you strive to live according to the principles presented herein, you will indeed become the saint God desires you to be.

Summary: Charity consists in that God has first loved us and in that He has so greatly loved us. It is the love of God, particularly expressed through Jesus Christ, that enables us to even have the ability to love. Without knowing the love of God, man cannot love God, his neighbor, or even himself. Yet in order to have charity, one must first come to know Jesus Christ. This can only be done by "seeing" Him through Faith. As disciples of Christ, we must focus on His Person (The Word-made-flesh). Privileged means of coming to know Christ are the Gospels, the Mysteries of His life, the lives of the Saints, and the Church and her Sacraments. If we wish to profit spiritually from these means, then we must be guided by the Holy Ghost (authentic Church doctrine) and strive to be clean of heart. The charity of Christ will then in turn impel us to seek Christian perfection. In this mission we consider eight paths and eight obstacles to Christian Perfection. The path Christ trod is best expressed in the Beatitudes. It was by living according to those principles of perfection that every saint in fact became a saint.

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CD 1. Opening Sermon by Fr. Rodríguez

Jesus Christ His Love My Perfection

We can draw much light from today’s gospel and last Sunday’s for the two themes of our mission: [1] Jesus and [2] Christian Perfection. Note how both of these are linked by charity. The fruitfulness of these spiritual exercises will depend on your willingness and your efforts to cooperate with the Holy Ghost (Who is Charity itself). Consider the lives of Ss. Peter, James and John, who were the three Apostles most transfigured by the love of their Master. It is imperative that each one of us get to know Christ better. For example, today we hear a most solemn divine command to listen to the Son of God. Most assuredly He is telling each of us: (1) Do penance; (2) Come, follow Me; and (3) Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect. Each one therefore, set aside at least fifteen minutes each day during this mission to join Christ alone in the desert and climb the spiritual mountain. Let us conclude with ample recommendations of spiritual exercises for those (minimum) fifteen minutes.

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, March 12, 2017 (-.)


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CD 2. The Love of Christ Impels Us

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3. Four Ways to Grow in Christ's Love

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4. Seek Christian Perfection

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5. Eight Means to Christian Perfection

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6. Eight Obstacles to Christian Perfection

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