Christopher West on Holiness

Holiness is not first a matter of doing anything. It is first and foremost a matter of letting it be done. Holiness is to conceive the love of God within and to bring it forth to the world.
-Christopher West

My favorite line is: Holiness is to conceive the love of God within and to bring it forth to the world.

It reminds me of Augustine’s theological method, ‘the way in, is the way on.’

What a great way to conceive the conception of Jesus as well as the whole process of Incarnation. Not only is this a great statement about Jesus, but it rings true to classical Mariology as well. Mary’s discipleship to the Lord is a matter of her faithful openness to the Love of God which conceives the Word of God which then blossoms into the Christ who saves the world.

While not usually a fan of allegorical interpretation, this statement strikes me as a powerfully rich and simple theological Truth.

Our own holiness is following in the way of Mary and the Way of Jesus. In the way of Mary by following the example of her holiness, and being open to the Love of God’s conception in our own souls. In the Way of Jesus by doing likewise as St. John the Evangelist testifies to us that it is the Love between the Father and the Son which motivates the Son’s actions.

We are to be holy by being loving as the Son is loving. We are to be obedient to the Obedient Jesus. To be Jesus is to obey his commandments.

Be it done unto us, Oh Lord. Let us bring Christ into the world by your making us holy through Love. Amen.

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