July 2018
Reflections of God's Goodness

What does God want from us?

Pope Francis reminds us that God wants us to “Be holy, for I am holy.” (1Peter 1:16)  Many of us do not think of ourselves as holy or even capable of being holy!  Yet, God calls each of us to holiness. Our goal is to discover our unique path.

“The important thing is that each believer discern his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts that God has placed in their hearts (cf 1Cor.12:7), rather than hopelessly trying to imitate something not meant for them.”

In his recent apostolic letter, “On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World,” Pope Francis reminds us of “the great cloud of witnesses” which has not only gone before us, but which travels with us now. Both the saints canonized by the Church and those we know, both living and deceased, who have shown us the face of holiness, a way of living the love of God in Christ in each moment of their lives.

You know them - the “saints next door.”  The mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, friend, who witnessed to you by their lives, their love and their presence.  It doesn’t matter if we are married or single, old or young – every moment of our life presents an opportunity for holiness.

I think of my mother, of her love, her faith, and the sweetness of her presence in my life – what a gift she was.    I am sure she has been interceding for me my entire life, both on earth and in heaven!  When we reflect, we can remember many people who have been given to us from the “riches of Jesus Christ,” to encourage us on the way.

So, now what?  Pope Francis says to be open to God and seek Him in every situation.  Holiness will come as you make your choice each day to be the husband or wife, mother or father, friend, or grandparent who does the loving thing, is the kindness someone needs,  lends a  listening ear to someone trying to be heard, or prays for the people and situations you encounter.

In this way, every minute of our lives can be a step along the path to growth in holiness.



Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn, SNDdeN
Director of Development

“God has saved us and has called us to a holy life, not because of any merit of ours but according to his own design – the grace held out to us in Jesus Christ before the world began&rdquo

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