St Paul in the first letter to the Thessalonians tell us that, urges that we should make more and more progress in the kind of life we are meant to live. What kind of life? The life that God wants. How do we know the kind of life that God wants us to live? The apostle himself tells us, ‘as you learnt from us and as you are already living it.’ So St. Paul himself taught the Thessalonians what God required of them and the Thessalonians had actually began to put this into practise. He goes further and says ‘You have not forgotten the instructions we gave you on the authority of the Lord Jesus.’ So with these words the Apostles tell us that his letters and his writings are directly from God and that they contain the framework, they contain the instructions which God has given us, by which we can make spiritual progress.
Now this spiritual progress is individual each one of us, it’s singular. It’s also community, as a people. And of course it is ecclesial, the Church itself. But we all know from personal experience, we start off well, and along the way temptations come and depending on our own particular inclinations we either struggle against the temptations or we give up. Sometimes we may go very far from what God wants of us. Equally we can struggle never giving up and remain very close to what God requires of us. And there are many examples of this in the lives of the saints. So for instances; and this is very important, the work of a mother is exceedingly important for an individual in fact for children?
So we have two very good examples that of St. John Bosco and his Mother… To continue please listen to this excellent homily on spiritual progress.