In Conversation with God:

The Master calls them to holiness without any distinction of age, profession, race, or social standing. There are no followers of Christ who do not have a Christian vocation, a personal call to sanctity. He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him…

The Second Vatican Council has declared anew this ancient evangelical doctrine for the whole Church: a Christian is called to sanctity in the very place that he occupies in society…

God calls all Christians to find him where they are, as they carry out their occupations in the middle of the world.

To love and serve God there is no need to do anything strange or extraordinary… Sanctity for the vast majority of men implies sanctifying their work, sanctifying themselves in it, and sanctifying others through it… 

The first Christians overcame many obstacles because of their determination and their love for Christ… Their faithfulness… was stronger than… the frequently hostile atmosphere that surrounded them. Finding themselves in the very heart of that society, they did not seek to isolate themselves in order to avoid possible contamination… their silent and effective action… transformed that… shapeless mass.

The Church reminds us of the urgency of being present in the middle of the world…


… i sing because i’m happy, i sing because i’m free, for His eye is on the sparrow, His eye is on the sparrow, and i know He’s watching me…
… mirror in the sky, what is love, can the child within my heart rise above, can i sail through the changing ocean tides, can i handle the seasons of my life… i’ve been afraid of changing ’cause i’ve built my life around you, but time makes you bolder, children get older, and i’m getting older, too…

ToB #55 ~ St. Paul’s Description of the Body and Teaching on Purity


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