Perseverance

Matthew 10:22: “And you shall be hated by all men for my name’ s sake: but he that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.”

Jesus said of these times: “And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold. But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:12-13)

Why do we persevere in the profession of the Faith whole and entire? It is because we have hope. We hope for two things. The first is eternal life and happiness in heaven. Secondly we hope for the universal conversion, which we are absolutely certain shall come to the Church.

Saint Alphonsus says: “St. Jerome says that many begin well but few persevere. Saul, Judas, Tertullian, began well, but ended badly, because they did not persevere in grace. The Lord, says St. Jerome, requires not only the beginning of a good life, but also the end: it is the end that will be rewarded. St. Bonaventure says that the crown is given only to perseverance. Hence St. Laurence Justinian calls perseverance the “gate of heaven.” No one can enter paradise unless he finds the gate of heaven. My brother, at present you have renounced sin, and justly hope that you have been pardoned. You are then the friend of God: but remember that you are not yet saved. And when will you be saved? When you will have persevered to the end.”