This is my first entry in the blog and it is my intention to set the stage, if you will, with the very first entry.
One of the greatest joys for a priest is to be there when someone “gets it”, when they realize for the first time that God is extremely interested in them and that, if they want to, they can come to know and love God as much as the great saints of the Church. The Lord is not far away and disinterested, but He is close and longing for our friendship.
Whenever I preach about the “Call to Holiness” I am amazed by the reactions. Some people “get it”, some hear but are not ready to take the necessary steps to begin the journey, and some just will not accept that God loves them that much to desire that they be a Saint. And so, I’ve been questioned after Mass, “Can you repeat that Father … you couldn’t have meant that God wants me to be a saint.” To that question I answer, YES that is precisely what I mean. God desires the same end for every single person created since the very beginning, perfect union with him. Obviously, this will mean different things for each of us depending upon our state in life, but we are all striving for the same thing: sanctity and intimate friendship with God
St. Josemaria Escriva, a saint with key insights into becoming holy, once wrote these words on the matter:
You and I belong to Christ’s family, for he himself has chosen us before the foundation of the world, to be saints, to be blameless in his sight, for love of him, having predestined us to be his adopted children through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his Will (Eph 1:4-5). We have been chosen gratuitously by Our Lord. His choice of us sets us a clear goal. Our goal is personal sanctity, as St. Paul insistently reminds us, haec est voluntas Dei: sanctificatio vestra (1 Thess 4:3), this is the Will of God: your sanctification. Let us not forget, then, that we are in our Master’s sheepfold in order to achieve that goal.
~ Friends of God, 2
It is my intention in this blog to offer some reflections and words of encouragement for those who dare to walk the road less travelled. It will not always be easy and clear, but it will be worth it. I offer this blog not as a great theologian nor as a master of the spiritual life, but merely as a simple (and even sinful) parish priest who lives and works with ordinary people and has learned a thing or two ardently striving with them for Sanctity.