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Lent and the recovery of virtue

There is a “true you,” the ultimate version of yourself that God wants you to realize in your life.

This is the promise of Jesus Christ. By what he has done for us in his life, death, and resurrection, by the grace he continues to offer, we can become the people that our Father created us to be.

Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” Jesus calls to us.

This is a command, we must do it, but it is also the thrilling possibility of the Christian life. We can be perfect, we can become holy as God is holy. St. Paul said this is God’s will, what he wants for each one of our lives, that we be sanctified, that we be made holy.

This call to holiness and perfection should give our life its direction and purpose. But what does the holy person, the true Christian, look like?

Read more of Archbishop Gomez’s column on Angelus News.