Posts Tagged ‘Holiness’

Pope says holiness requires minding your own business Comments 0

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

If we want to grow in holiness we have to pay attention and work on ourselves, Pope Francis says. Catholics often know more about their neighbour’s business than they do about the normal spiritual struggles going on in their own hearts and souls, Francis said during his sermon at early morning Mass last Friday. He Read more

Hold out for joy Comments 0

Monday, May 14th, 2018
Holiness and joy

The only great tragedy in life,” wrote the French novelist Léon Bloy, “is not to become a saint.” Pope Francis quotes this judgment approvingly in Gaudete et exsultate, his apostolic exhortation “on the call to holiness in today’s world.” He also quotes a less dramatic formulation of the same idea in Lumen gentium, the Second Read more

Holiness: Women are there Comments 0

Thursday, April 12th, 2018
women

The first thing that jumped out at me in Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on holiness, Gaudete et exsultate, is how much he has put women in the foreground. Women are usually in the background of papal statements, if they appear at all. Not here. They are upfront and visible. Right at the outset (para 3), Read more

Holiness: Not one size fits all Comments 0

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
One size fits all

Have you ever noticed that things marked “one size fits all” rarely do? “One size fits all” is simply not the way humanity works. We’re all quite different, whether it’s the length of our arms and the girth of our waists or the extravertedness of our temperament and the sensitivity of our emotions. We will Read more

Holiness: not one size fits all Comments 0

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Have you ever noticed that things marked “one size fits all” rarely do? “One size fits all” is simply not the way humanity works. We’re all quite different, whether it’s the length of our arms and the girth of our waists or the extravertedness of our temperament and the sensitivity of our emotions. We will Read more

Scruples and moderation: St Ignatius’ advice Comments 0

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Near the end of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises is a curious section titled, “Some Notes Concerning Scruples.” Scrupulosity is one of those pesky spiritual problems that we don’t always recognize but can give us a lot a grief if left unchecked. Believe me, I know! Never heard of scrupulosity? How about Catholic Guilt? Read more

Holiness Therapy for the Not-So-Holy Comments 0

Friday, March 13th, 2015

I am not particularly holy. That is to say, I don’t usually act holy, understand holiness much, think holy thoughts, or say holy things. I moan and groan, yell at my kids, live half my life by the motto “Me First,” mistrust God and generally schlep along the Road to Zion when I could be Read more

Catholicism’s central teaching: how to be imperfect Comments 0

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

The quest for perfection can never been attained in any endeavor worthy of humans. The demand for being perfect, based on Matthew 5:14, “Be ye therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect,” became the deranged and deranging discipline that was brought to an end by Vatican II’s healthier attitude toward spiritual growth. One of Read more

Celebrity saints vs true holiness Comments 0

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Where do you find true holiness? It is difficult, because the real saints are hidden and humble and holy. Instead of looking for the hidden holy ones we often fall for the celebrity saints, says Dwight Longenecker “If you were to tell them they were a saint they would laugh and tell you to keep searching.” If Read more