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05 February 2017
CALL TO HOLINESS
“It is not those who commit the least faults who are the most holy, but those who have the greatest courage, the greatest generosity, the greatest love, who make the boldest efforts to overcome themselves, and are not immediately apprehensive about tripping”- St. Francis de Sales
It goes without saying that as priests, we receive many individual prayer requests from a good number of people. Praying for someone is something we are happy to do, and prayer is something we take very seriously. It is at the very centre of our lives. However, in many cases, the person making such a request of me will follow it up with a remark somewhere along the lines of: "You're closer to God than I am" and I am thinking “No way”.
Heart of Salesian spirituality is the Universal Call to Holiness. I have seen many who despair thinking that holiness is not possible for them. St. Francis de Sales (1567-1610) reminds us that all persons, no matter what their state in life, occupation or specific vocation, is called to holiness. In his spiritual classic Introduction to the devout life (Part I, Chapter 3) he makes it clear that devotion (his term for the pursuit of holiness) is not tied to a specific station in life. In a letter to a Christian exasperated with his lack of progress in holiness he once wrote, “Be patient with the whole world, but, above all with yourself. I want to tell you not to lose your serenity because of your imperfections, and always to have the zest to raise yourself up. It gives me joy to see each day you begin again. There is no better way to finish life well than to return to the starting point always and not ever to think that we have done enough.
St. Francis de Sales suggests that devotion must be practiced in different ways by the nobleman and by the working man, by the widow, by the unmarried girl and by the married woman; for the practice of devotion must be adapted to the strength, to the occupation and to the duties of each one in particular. Francis tells that it is not proper for a Bishop to live like a monk and for married people not to be concerned about their finances. He calls this kind of devotion (if it ever happens) ridiculous. In fact, if devotion ever works against, or is inimical to, anyone's legitimate vocation and calling, then it is very definitely false devotion.
True devotion makes your family cares become more peaceful, mutual love between husband and wife more genuine and our work, no matter what it is, more pleasant and agreeable. May I invite you all to holiness in and through your chosen vocation and career.
With Love and wishing you all God’s Best,
Fr. Shibu Jacob Msfs
The ECHO (05 Feb 2017)
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