Monday, January 20, 2014

Universal Call to Holiness

Attaining holiness or perfection, is a life-long vocation to which everyone is called, not only priests and religious.  Out of the Vatican Council II came the term "Universal Call to Holiness", written in the document Lumen Gentium, on life in the Church.  However prior to the Council, St. Paul wrote to the new Christians: "Before the world was made, he chose us in Christ to be holy and spotless and to live through love in his  presence, determining that we should become his adopted children through Jesus Christ for his own kind purposes."
 (Ep 1:4-5)
So from the beginning we were meant to be sharers in the divine holiness.  In the book of Leviticus we read:
      " For it is I, Yahweh, who am your God.  You have been sanctified and have become holy because I am holy....Yes, it is I, Yahweh, who have brought you out of Egypt to by your God; you, therefore, must be holy because I am holy."  (Lv 11:44-45) 
This was God's whole purpose in creating us:
       "Be holy in all you do, since it is the Holy One who has called you.  As Scripture says: 'Be holy for I am holy.'"   (1 Peter 1:15-16)
This is a process of change, "metanoia", from doing the "should nots" to doing the "holy".  What this does is it brings God into ourselves, and takes out sin.
Until next time, let us think about this "call" and  look for the sanctifying action of the Holy Spirit within us as we strive on this path to holiness (perfection).    --Sr. Carole Ann Clark, OSB

1 comment:

  1. I will be waiting to read more about this topic. Thanks Sister!!