Today John Paul and I were reflecting on how easy it is to be around those who are seeking holiness. Even when we are not in agreement on every single aspect of being surrendered to Jesus, we can be delighted to be in the company of those who are saints, (small “s”). We were discussing our friend Fr. Pio Maria, a CFR priest who gave us his time and ministry at Faith Camp.
We talked about other saints we have known and what a blessing it is to be in their presence. John Paul shared that he had the opportunity to fellowship with Peter Kreeft, who came to our local university to give a series of talks and to debate a local professor who tries to disprove the existence of God. I shared a really wonderful story, (which is in my second book) about a campesino, a villager, in Cite, Colombia who was transformed into a saint from an alcoholic. He began to really live holiness, and one Sunday, I could literally smell the fragrance of the angels as I saw him worship before the Blessed Sacrament.
A fragrance can bring back memories powerfully more quickly than anything else. The scriptures refer to the aroma or fragrance of holiness. No one can resist this smell. John Paul and I hope and pray that we can be a vessel of this kind of fragrance that draws all to the saving news of the Gospel.
Our scripture today is: 2 Corinthians 2: 14 – 17.
Listen in and be blessed.