Pope Francis’s new Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and Be Glad) focuses on the call to holiness in today’s world – calling Christians to acknowledge and be open to who God wants them to be, that is “to be holy, as He is holy” (1 Pet 1:15).
In its introduction, Pope Francis tells us his goal is to “repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities.”
From how to avoid false forms of holiness, to finding inspiration in the lives of the saints, Pope Francis explores the heights and depths of practical Christian holiness. He invites all Christians to accept Jesus’ invitation to live out the fullness of the Beatitudes and to discern and generously respond to one’s personal mission.
Let us make time to read and reflect on Pope Francis’s message. May we have the grace and courage to see and act with mercy.
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