Why perfection seemed simple to St. Thérèse and how we get it all wrong

February 22, 2023 | Aleteia

Fr. Peter John Cameron, OP | Aleteia
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This Sunday’s Gospel has an impossible command. Until we understand that it’s not about doing, but accepting.

Perfection is a thing we relentlessly pursue. We want perfect grades, a perfect vacation, the perfect spouse. But often our perception of perfection is itself imperfect. When Jesus commands us to “be perfect” (Mt 5:48), he is not instructing us to be flawless or faultless, to never make a mistake.

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