On Being Saints


Diego Fares SJ / Church Thought / 12 December 2019

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Holiness is the choice of a friendship. Every path of holiness implies a choice that is renewed at every step. Pope Francis writes: “More than rules and obligations, the choice that Jesus sets before us is to follow him as friends follow one another, seeking each other’s company and spending time together out of pure friendship” (Christus Vivit, No. 290). And also: “Let the grace of your baptism bear fruit in a path of holiness. Let everything be open to God; turn to him in every situation” (Gaudete et Exsultate, No. 15).

But is it really true that you choose to be holy? Let us try and place holiness as a radical option, a choice. It is difficult, in fact, to say “no” to holiness in a direct, definitive and exclusive way.

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