All are Called to be Holy


 On 1st of November we celebrate the feast of All Saints.  This offers us an occasion to reflect on holiness.

The idea that only some people are called to be holy is wrong.  All are called to be holy.  In the Bible God says, “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy” (Lev 19:2; I Pt 1:16).

To be holy means to be cleansed of faults and set apart to serve God.  The service of God will be expressed through loving God and serving others and creation.

How can we be holy?  In his Apostolic Exhortation entitled “Rejoice and be Glad,” Pope Francis says, “We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and bearing witness in everything we do…  Are you called to consecrated life?  Be holy by living out your commitment with joy.  Are you married?  Be holy by loving and caring for your husband or wife, as Christ does for the Church.  Do you work for a living?  Be holy by labouring with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters.  Are you a parent or grandparent?  Be holy by patiently teaching the little ones how to follow Jesus.  Are you in a position of authority?  Be holy by working for the common good and renouncing personal gain.” (GE, 14).

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