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Call to Holiness

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Brothers and Sisters,

Let us Heed and Live God's Calling to Holiness!

Fr. Heart, SVD

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Call to Holiness

  1. 1. In my opinion, you are the most beautiful creature in the world! OK, I’m biased. God
  2. 2.  MOST REV. BRODERICK S. PABILLO, D.D. Auxiliary Bishop of Manila
  3. 3. 3 Pastoral Priorities for the new millennium according to Novo Millennio Ineunte 1.HOLINESS • There is a great desire in people to be holy. • Holiness is attractive to people even in our times. • The Church is holy because its goal is to make people holy and she has the means to make people holy.
  4. 4. 4 Pastoral Priorities for the new millennium according to Novo Millennio Ineunte 1.HOLINESS • All the activities of the Church is to help promote holiness. • Bring out in people the desire to be saints, to be what they really are. • Present the Saints to the people as role models • People should see in us our striving to be holy ourselves. We witness to this.
  5. 5. WRONG IDEAS ABOUT HOLINESS 1.It is only for some chosen few. It is rare and very difficult, if not altogether impossible, for ordinary people.
  6. 6. WRONG IDEAS ABOUT HOLINESS 2. One needs to be a priest or a nun who will have the time and the training to be holy.
  7. 7. WRONG IDEAS ABOUT HOLINESS 3.It is corny. One has to be goody-goody, with one’s feet off the ground.
  8. 8. WRONG IDEAS ABOUT HOLINESS 4. Holiness is of the past but not for us in the modern world.
  9. 9. WRONG IDEAS ABOUT HOLINESS 5. Holiness can wait later on, perhaps when one is already old and has no more cares about the world.
  10. 10. 6. Holiness is not really that important. It is good if one has it, but really one can get by quite well without it. WRONG IDEAS ABOUT HOLINESS
  11. 11. WRONG IDEAS ABOUT HOLINESS 7. To be holy is to be without sin. Our life is already tainted by sin. WE have no chance for it.
  12. 12. WRONG IDEAS ABOUT HOLINESS 8. One can be over holy. Baka makalampas sa langit!
  13. 13. Leviticus 19, 2 Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. CALL TO HOLINESS FROM THE BIBLE.
  14. 14. CALL TO HOLINESS FROM THE BIBLE. Ephesians 1, 4 He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.
  15. 15. 1 Corinthians 1, 8 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless (holy) on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. CALL TO HOLINESS FROM THE BIBLE.
  16. 16. 1 Thessalonians 4, 3 (life pleasing to Go) For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you will abstain from fornication…. CALL TO HOLINESS FROM THE BIBLE.
  17. 17. 2 Thessalonians 1, 11 (judgement at xt coming) To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call (which is holiness) and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith. CALL TO HOLINESS FROM THE BIBLE.
  18. 18. WHAT IS HOLINESS? Holiness is the high standard of ordinary Christian living. (Novo Millennio Ineunte # 31)
  19. 19. WHAT IS HOLINESS? Holiness is the perfection of charity.
  20. 20. WHAT IS HOLINESS? Holiness is doing the will of God.
  21. 21. WHAT IS HOLINESS? Holiness is oneness with God.
  22. 22. WHAT IS HOLINESS? Holiness is closer following of Jesus
  23. 23. * God is holy. We cannot approach God if we are not holy. *To be one with God then is to be holy. * To be one with God is to love him.
  24. 24. * To love him is to keep his commandment. * His commandment is that we love one another.(Jn 14,15.21; 15,9- 10)
  25. 25. • Jn. 14,15.21 ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments…They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be love by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.’
  26. 26. • Jn. 15,9-10 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.
  27. 27. WE BELIEVE IN ONE,HOLY, CATHOLIC CHURCH The Catholic Church is holy because: •Jesus, its root, is holy. He is the way to the Father.
  28. 28. WE BELIEVE IN ONE,HOLY, CATHOLIC CHURCH The Catholic Church is holy because: •It is capable to make people holy by the action of the Holy Spirit.
  29. 29. WE BELIEVE IN ONE,HOLY, CATHOLIC CHURCH The Catholic Church is holy because: •It has the means to make people holy. The saints are proofs that holiness abounds in the Church.
  30. 30. MEANS TO HOLINESS 1. Encounter with Jesus in the sacraments. 2. Praying.
  31. 31. 3. Word of God in the Bible. 4. Faithfulness in the daily duties of our life. MEANS TO HOLINESS
  32. 32. 5. Avoiding sin and temptation 6. Doing good to others MEANS TO HOLINESS
  33. 33. 33 Priests’ specific journey to holiness There are greater reasons that motivate a priest to be holy: 1. That he may be worthy of the grace marked on him to stand in persona Christi capitis. 2. That he may be the living instrument of the work of salvation. ex opere operato ex opere operantis
  34. 34. 34 Priests’ specific journey to holiness Our specific path: Holiness in and through ministry. We not only sanctify others in our ministry. Our ministry sanctifies us. By acting in persona Christi we become close to him. We ourselves become spiritually charged in our pastoral work. Check this out in each activity that you do as priests.
  35. 35. 35 Holiness is not something a priest can attain by himself or apart from the community of faith. The priest becomes holy within the community by ministering to it and leading it. In acting as shepherd, the presbyter experiences his own transformation in the image of the One he represents. This is how he becomes holy.
  36. 36. 36 Important elements in the specific journey of the priest to holiness. A. A climate of proximity to Jesus, or friendship and personal encounter with him. B. The Blessed Virgin Mary. C. Liturgy of the Hours.
  37. 37. 37 Hence according to John Paul II: “Spending time in intimate conversation with the Good Shepherd in the Blessed Sacrament is a pastoral priority far superior to any other.”
  38. 38. CORRECT IDEAS ON HOLINESS 1. The objective gift of holiness is offered to all the baptized. Baptism is a true entrance into the holiness of God through incorporation into Christ and the indwelling of his Spirit. By holiness we avoid a life of mediocrity, that is, reducing Christianity to minimalistic ethics and shallow religiosity.
  39. 39. 2. Holiness is a call and a task for every Christian, not just for a chosen few. 3. Holiness is achieved in the ordinary Christian living. “Do your ordinary duties extraordinarily well.” CORRECT IDEAS ON HOLINESS
  40. 40. CORRECT IDEAS ON HOLINESS 4. The ways of holiness are many, according to the vocation and tempearament of each individual. 5. There is a need for a genuine training in holiness. 6. To be holy is THE most important thing in life. There is only one sadness in life, that is, not to be holy!
  41. 41. Ultimately, what is holiness? Holiness is….. Drawing close to God Perfection of love Doing the will of God Following Jesus Christ.
  42. 42.  MOST REV. BRODERICK S. PABILLO, D.D. Auxiliary Bishop of Manila

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