GeE 14: Holiness Is A Calling of Lay People

See the source imageParagraphs 14 through 18 are organized under this title: For You Too. The call of Jesus, as well as the Old Testament tradition is to be holy as God is holy. We cannot make a perfect match, but believers can have aspirations. Baptism is the sacrament of holiness, not some completion of it in Confirmation, not Holy Orders or religious life.

14. To be holy does not require being a bishop, a priest or a religious. We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in prayer. That is not the case. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.

Drawing out some bullet points:

  • Are you called to the 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 laboring 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.[Cf. Catechesis, General Audience of 19 November 2014]

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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