Call to Holiness
In this age of thousands of “self-help” books and people telling us how to be happy in so many different ways, I want to admonish us all, especially as Catholics, to turn to the ONE true Book which will help each of us become our True Self, as God intends. I am inspired to write about this subject because of 3 certain passages from the Bible which have not only confirmed my vocation to the priesthood, but more importantly my vocation to holiness (to which we are all called!).
The first verse is from Leviticus 11:44 where God tells Moses to tell the Israelites, “Be Holy, as I am Holy”. The second verse comes from 1 John 4:8 “God is Love.” The third verse is from Luke 1:44 “Let it be done to me according to your word.” First, God calls (vocation) each of us to be Holy; He calls each of us to be Saints! This can be found throughout the Bible, early Church fathers and in Lumen Gentium (Vatican II document Chapter V). This call to holiness is intimately linked to our call or vocation in life. This is why the Church, in Her infinite wisdom, puts so many resources into helping young people discern God’s call in their life. One cannot be truly happy unless they are doing the Will of God. His Will, as Leviticus tell us, is to be Holy!
Secondly, God is love. Pope Benedict recently wrote an encyclical speaking about this very mystery. Yet, my focus is on the fact that it is because of God’s unconditional love that we can be assured of our call to be holy and our eventual sanctity. God thirsts for our presence with Him in heaven. He has prepared a place for us; not for us to get there after a long period of waiting but to die holy and completely in service to Him and immediately know Him and be with Him. He loves us more than we can ever imagine.
Finally, the key to becoming holy is nothing but, with Mary, saying our fiat (Latin, let it be done). In the Gospel of Luke, Mary exclaims after God reveals His plan to her, “Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum. Let it be done to me according to your word!” We, along with Mary must constantly, at every moment of every day, say to God, “Let it be done to me according to Your will, O God!” Say “yes” to His call in every moment and He will give you all that you require because He loves you, and he thirsts for your love in return. So, be assured that God not only wants you to be Holy but expects it of you. This should not be seen as a burden, so to speak, but a privilege and a great grace (which it is). So, begin now…say your “fiat” with Mary and let God work His abundant graces in your heart at this very moment!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us. God Bless!