Episode 002: The Willingness to Begin Again

Holiness does not consist in not making mistakes or never sinning. Holiness grows with capacity for conversion, repentance, willingness to begin again, and above all with the capacity for reconciliation and forgiveness.

—Pope Benedict XVI

The three figures signify the Communion of Saints whom we commemorate in the third momento when we lay claim to their merits and prayers for our help and protection. | The Preface and Momentos: We Pray for the Church Militant (stained glass window detail) | | designed by Francis Deck, 1960 | created by Emil Frei & Associates, St. Louis

The three figures signify the Communion of Saints whom we commemorate in the third momento when we lay claim to their merits and prayers for our help and protection. | The Preface and Momentos: We Pray for the Church Militant (stained glass window detail) | designed by Francis Deck, 1960 | created by Emil Frei & Associates, St. Louis

It is easy to set goals for running, studying, or eating well, but what about goal-setting when it comes to other aspects of our lives? How do we measure holiness? How do we know we are actually growing in our faith? What does saintliness even look like? Perfection? Or simply the willingness to begin again? Enter the Communion of Saints—our guides, our exemplars of faith, our teachers.

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