holiness

POPE’S MESSAGE | Holiness means being open to God

Pope Francis received a letter from a girl as he arrived for his general audience June 21 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Being a saint doesn't require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said.

Christians should live with the "hope of becoming saints" and with the desire that "work, even in sickness and suffering, even in difficulties, is open to God," the pope said June 21 in his weekly general audience.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Christ invites us to participate in the Father’s holiness

The readings for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time suggest there is no limit to our participation in Godliness. The first reading states: "Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy." That's our open invitation to allow God to possess us with His holiness. He doesn't limit our participation in His goodness.

DEAR FATHER | Saints serve as foundation of Church’s witness to holiness

Saints are primarily mentioned in two Eucharistic Prayers.

The first is the First Eucharistic Prayer, or the Roman Canon. It's the oldest Eucharistic Prayer, because it was developed by St. Peter while he was in Rome. After him, popes have added to the prayer and changed it until Pope St. Gregory the Great (who died in 604) put it into its final form. Since then, it has rarely changed, for the Church holds this prayer as part of our tradition.

DEAR FATHER | Rosary blessing is request that God make it an instrument to help us in our quest for holiness

Father John Mayo

Should I get my new Rosary blessed? If so, why? 

You're off to the Catholic goods store to buy a new rosary! After carefully choosing which one you would like and paying for it, a voice in the back of your mind reminds you that you should have a priest or deacon bless it. But why?

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Our hearts hunger for holiness and mercy

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The readings for the 5th Sunday in Lent shout out man's hunger for God's mercy and God's desire to share that mercy.

Let's explore this hunger within ourselves. Our greatest hungers aren't for possessions, sensual pleasures, or earthly power and glory. These might consume most of our time and effort, but they're distractions from our deepest thirst. They're mere superficial camouflages of our deepest hunger and don't ever satisfies our deepest instincts.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Little acts of love, kindness and faith add up to holiness, pope says

Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Nov. 19. The pope condemned the “unacceptable episodes of violence” in Jerusalem after two Palestinians killed five people in a synagogue Nov. 18.

VATICAN CITY -- All Christians are called to holiness and to take even little steps each day to be more loving and more Christ-like, Pope Francis said.

"Some think that holiness is closing your eyes and making the face of a plastic statue, but that's not holiness," the pope said Nov. 19 at his weekly general audience.

Holiness is something much greater, much more profound than looking like an image on a holy card, he said. "It is living with love and offering your own Christian witness in your daily tasks."

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