What strikes me most today
"Where sin increased, grace increased all the more." This reminds me of St. Paul's own conversion. It also made me think of Alessandro Serenelli, who killed St. Maria Goretti. He later explained his earlier life of sin: "My behavior was influenced by print, mass-media and bad examples which are followed by the majority of young people without even thinking. And I did the same. I was not worried."
Over the years, and likely through the intercession of St. Maria, Alessandro had a tremendous conversion and lived a very holy life the remainder of his years on Earth. Fortunately, he was not executed, and he had time to repent before his natural death at age 80.
It sometimes doesn't seem fair that some who sin so grievously can undergo a conversion and receive the same eternal reward as someone who never killed a saint or watched others' cloaks as others stoned a saint. But realizing my own weaknesses and sinfulness, I am just glad I still have a chance that for me too "grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
What strikes you most today?
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