Holiness according to Pope Benedict XVI

Here are the three essential approaches for receiving the abundance of God’s grace:

1) Go to Confession (frequently): St. Augustine tells us: “The whole power of the Sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God’s grace and joining us with Him in an intimate friendship. This very moment I may, if I desire, become the friend of God.” Go to Confession at least once a month, and immediately after any grave sin. Never receive Holy Communion with serious sin on your soul.

2) Go to Mass (frequently): St. Peter Julian Eymard tells us to “hear Mass daily; it will prosper the whole day. All your duties will be performed the better for it, and your soul will be stronger to bear its daily cross. The Mass is the most holy act of religion; you can do nothing that can give greater glory to God or be more profitable for your soul than to hear Mass both frequently and devoutly. It is the favorite devotion of the saints.” Do your best to find a parish that is working to offer due reverence to God in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, especially if you have the responsibility of the salvation of family members.

3) Consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary: Once St. Maximilian Kolbe learned about St. Louis de Montfort’s consecration to Mary, called the “surest, easiest, shortest, and the most perfect means” to becoming a saint, he called it a “secret weapon for the world,” a “shortcut to holiness.” Mary crushes the head of the serpent. Always keep Mary at your back!

I invite you to discover the deep spiritual wisdom of Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., who many consider to be the greatest Catholic theologian of the 20th century; he was also the 'doktorvater' of Fr. Karol Wojtyla (aka Pope St. John Paul II).