Message from Fr. George Alengadan:
Pope Francis's New Apostolic Exhortation - "Gaudete et Exsultate" (Rejoice and Be Glad).
This week we welcome Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation - "Gaudete et Exsultate" (Rejoice and Be Glad) subtitled "On the Call to Holiness in the Contemporary World." An apostolic exhortation is considered the second-highest form of papal teaching after an encyclical letter. Since his election, Pope Francis has issued two other exhortations: "Evangelii Gaudium" (Joy of the Gospel) in 2013 and "Amoris Laetitia" (The Joy of Love) in 2016
In Gaudete et Exsultate", one sentence stands out for me. 'Do not be afraid of holiness (no. 32).' In a way, each one of us has a fear of striving for holiness - a fear that we would be mocked, ignored, or even hated by others because we would stand out. Yet that is what the Lord has called each and every person to! Pope Francis calls us out: A Christian cannot think of his or her mission on earth without seeing it as a path of holiness, for 'this is the will of God, your sanctification (I Thess 4:3) (no. 19).'
The Holy Father describes how holiness comes through the daily struggles each of us face. In the ordinary course of each day, the Pope reminds us, 'We need to recognize and combat our aggressive and selfish inclinations, and not let them take root' (no. 114). Yet, he says, this 'battle is sweet, for it allows us to rejoice each time the Lord triumphs in our lives' (no. 158).
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