God Calls Everyone
The Second Vatican Council spoke of the “universal call to holiness” (Lumen Gentium, V). Being called to holiness means being called to love God and others. The universal call to holiness means God doesn’t call some people to be saints, but all people. You may be thinking, “I’m not perfect, how could I ever be a saint?” But saints come from diverse backgrounds and some were far away from God at one point in their lives. Because they were open to God’s call, His grace was able to enter their lives and transform them. God’s grace is not for an elite class, it’s for all people including you and me.
Who is He Calling You to Be?
The particular way that God calls you to live out that call to holiness is called your vocation. Vocation is not something external to you as a person. Margaret Silf calls it “God’s dream for us” and “the inner mystery of ourselves that is already known – has always been known – to God, that he is longing to bring to fulfilment” 1.
Who is God inviting you to be? A priest? Religious? Spouse and parent? Single person? We discover the treasure of our true selves by learning to recognise the voice of Jesus and through discerning and deciding.
1. Margaret Silf, Landmarks
Fr Daniel Russo
See Fr Daniele Russo’s story from wanting to be a business entrepreneur in high school to discovering his purpose in life – the priesthood.
This is part 1 of a 2 part video.
Listen to Pope Benedict XVI’s catechesis on holiness in a general audience
If you think you’re too bad to become a saint, then check out the story of ‘bad-boy’ turned Bishop, St Augustine