Holiness must have a philosophical and theological foundation, namely, Divine truth; otherwise, it is sentimentality and emotionalism. Many would say, ‘We want religion, but no creeds.’ This is like saying we want to heal, but no science of medicine; music, but no rules of music; history, but no documents. Religion is indeed a life, but it grows out of truth, not away from it. It has been said it makes no difference what you believe; it depends on how you act. This is psychological nonsense, for a man acts out of his beliefs. Our Lord placed truth or belief in Him first; then came sanctification and good deeds. But here, the truth was not a vague ideal but a Person. Trust was now lovable because only a Person is lovable. Sanctity becomes the heart’s response to Divine truth and its unlimited mercy to humanity.
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