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A warning against perfectionism

 

 

While I strive to be a consummate professional in my vocation as a Catholic poet, author and advocate, I'm sure if you look hard enough you will find the occasional flaw in my work. When I get my feedback from the persons that make suggestions and help me edit my work I make it a priority to "clean up" my presentations. 

 

Constructive criticism of my work is always welcome. 

 

Just know that, in my humble opinion, only God and His Saints and Angels in Heaven are truly perfect no matter how much you may think "those" people seem to be so here in this world. 

 

Just ask my family friends and neighbors if you don't believe me. I know how to apologize and sincerely make amends if I need to and will continue to do so for what I hope to be a long and fruitful life here in this world. 

 

per·fec·tion·ism pərˈfekSHəˌnizəm

noun

 

refusal to accept any standard short of perfection.

a doctrine holding that religious, moral, social, or political perfection is attainable, especially the theory that human moral or spiritual perfection should be or has been attained

 

 

If you are going to throw Matthew 5:48 at me,  "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect" then I would just ask you to put that single verse in context of the entire Bible (Genesis to Revelation). That should clarify things for you.

 

 

How do I know that? I rely on all the help my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gave to me and His Church, including the Magisterium. 

 

 

Mathew 23:3, "All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not." KJV

 

Which in plain English means "Do as they say and not as they do."

 

 

Per Wikipedia: 

Catholic teaching regarding Christian perfectionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_perfection:

 

"According to the teaching of the Catholic Church, something is perfect when nothing is lacking in its nature or purpose. The ultimate purpose of humankind is union with God, also called divinization. This is accomplished on earth by grace and in heaven by the beatific vision. Perfect union with God while on earth is impossible; therefore, absolute perfection is reserved for heaven.[17]"