In her talk, Sr. Mary Michael unpacked one verse — “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  (Romans 12:2).

  • Minimum Excellent vs. Perfection — The law produces “minimal excellence” while grace can bring us to “perfection” in the Holy Spirit.  She notes that the law does not save us, rather our faith does. The law gives us knowledge of our sin, but is incapable of moving us out of our sin.  The law cannot do what Jesus Christ came to do — to transform us and to make us holy.  The law is only the minimum. Going to mass is a minimum.  Don’t kill, lie, & steal.  All  these are bare minimum.
  • Transforming Grace — Grace, on the other hand, will transform us by the renewal of our mind so we can discern God’s will — what is good, pleasing, & perfect. The new law of grace is the maxims of Jesus Christ as it demands perfection.  Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.  Do not take the Lord’s glory away. He said what he meant and he meant what he said.  Love perfectly. Forgive perfectly. Give our heart to God perfectly.
  • Lifelong Struggle for Holiness — While we were still sinners, Christ came.  He did not wait for us to become sinless because He knows it is a life-long struggle.  However, if we struggle with it valiantly and faithfully, it will be our glory.
  • Beatitudes — Sr. Michael Mary then recasted the beatitudes in light of this verse.  She addressed in detail what it means to be merciful, pure in heart, and peacemakers.

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