‘holiness’ really mean?
Holiness is a call from God. It is our
vocation; the whole reason he made us. To be holy
means to participate in his essence, which is love. By
being called to holiness, we are called to one goal
in life: Heaven. Our journey on this earth is all
about letting ourselves meet God, love him, and then respond
to his love. In the measure in which we want
to discover this love and respond to it, we are
becoming holy, as we live up to our vocation.
Is the call
to holiness limited to priests and religious?
The Second Vatican Council reiterated
the universal call to holiness in several different documents. It
is not something exclusive to consecrated souls, but a call
for every Christian from the moment of Baptism.
Pope John Paul II
made this very clear when he canonized many saints who
were not consecrated. They were laypeople, young people, children, parents,
doctors, teachers… They all lived heroic virtue and were witnesses
of Christ in the society they lived in.
Does holiness have a
place in today’s world?
More than ever, today’s world needs - I
would even dare say begs – for holiness. Holiness is
not something unreachable; it is a path that you walk
along every day with Christ. Love for God leads to
the Christian’s desire to respond to God’s love with fidelity
in the fulfilling of his Christian duties and the duties
of his particular vocation (i.e. family, job, etc.).
Who are the protagonists
All of us as Christians are the protagonists of holiness.
Mother Theresa of Calcutta tells an interesting story that illustrates
this idea very well. A reporter asked her if she
wanted to change the world. She said no. Upon hearing
this, the reporter was surprised and said, “Mother, I thought
you wanted to change the world for Christ.” She said,
“No, what I want to change is myself. If I
change and if you change, that makes two of us
and the world will be better.”
Holiness is sometimes mistakenly presented as
something unreachable; something for a few crazy people. This is
not the case. Holiness is simply the desire to change
yourself for Christ and for others. As Pope Benedict XVI
said in an address to the youth in Germany, “Christ
is not interested in how many times we fall in
life, but in how many times we get up with
His help. He does not demand extraordinary actions; rather He
wants His light to shine in us.”
A few ideas for the
path of holiness…
1. Ask God for it. It is a grace
that only he can grant. It is not something that
I myself can reach with my efforts.
2. Get to know Christ
every day in prayer. In the measure in which he
is a living person to me, I will be inclined
to walk hand in hand with him. I need to
experience him as a living person - someone who is
close to me, an intimate friend of my soul.
3. Participate actively
in the sacraments. The Eucharist is the nourishment that Heaven
brings down to earth - Jesus Christ. Frequent confession helps
me to recognize my faults and open myself to God’s
Carry my cross fearlessly every day, knowing that God will
never ask of me anything that is beyond my strength.
attentive to the action of the Holy Spirit, being docile
to his inspirations, which always bring me to do God’s
A tender and filial devotion to Mary. “Am I not
here, your Mother?” This question of Our Lady of Guadalupe
to Juan Diego should resonate in my heart every day.
I want to deepen my spiritual life and grow every
day, it is highly recommended to look for a spiritual
guide who can direct me, point me in the right
direction, and prompt me towards holiness.