Set Apart

I don't know about you, but I often get overwhelmed with the ideal of the Christian life.  I know it is possible - I've seen others do it - but for me?  I'm so sinful!  Some days, I can't seem to stumble from bed to bathroom in the morning without getting myself into trouble!

These words from St. Clement of Alexandria reassured me today that the Christian life is manageable:

"...the Lord praises the person 'who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the Gospel.'  That person is blessed because he too is going to meet martyrdom simply by living in a way that is different from the crowd, because he is following the rule of the Gospel for love of his Lord.

The truly righteous are set apart from the world because they produce the fruits of grace in their actions.  They do this because they have been able to become a friend of God...."

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