I love the line in Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation on holiness, “Holiness, then, is not about swooning in mystic rapture.” Maybe sometimes we think it’s supposed to be that way – holiness as only reserved for the chosen or special few. In our recent Tuesday evening sessions in Founders room, we have talked about the meaning of holiness in our daily lives, and how it’s found in the often ordinary and unrecognized moments of daily life, by ordinary and often unrecognized people. The pope states the following: “We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in prayer. That is not the case. We are called to be holy by living our lives with love and bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.”

I love the way Pope Francis grounds holiness in the everyday and helps us to reclaim holiness as not only the possession of a few, but as a call for all people. Our series here at St. Francis continues on Tuesday evening, July 24 at 7pm (chapter 3, “In the Light of the Master”), and on August 14 (chapter 4) and August 21 (chapter 5). All are welcome!

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