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HOLINESS

Fr. Prince Chakkalayil CST

“As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Pet 1: 15-16). The Holy Catholic Church celebrates the feast of all saints on the First of November. This feast reminds us to reflect upon the holy life of the saints and to lead a holy life.

There are many men and women who are canonized by the Church. But the Church firmly believes that there are many, who led a holy life and enjoy the bliss of heaven, not declared saints. The feast of all saints is a day to remember all who are in heaven and to request their intercession. The Second Vatican Council reminds us that every catholic faithful is called to be a saint. So the ultimate aim of our life on earth is nothing but to be a saint.

The saints are the people who walked ahead of us showing us the right path. Their life teaches us the ways and means to please God and to reach heaven. In a world in which everyone thought that holiness is reserved only to a selected few, St. Therese of Child Jesus, who is popularly known as ‘Little Flower’, taught that holiness is attainable for all. Through her simple life, she showed us that when we fulfill the responsibilities of our daily life for the love of God and receive the sufferings uncomplainingly from the hands of God, the way to holiness is being opened before us.

God is always near to those who search him with a pure and sincere heart. In his letter St. James reminds us when we draw ourselves near to God, God himself will draw near to us (Jam 4: 8). When we give first place to God in our life above everything and lead a life following the gospel values, the paths of holiness will be opened before us. As we commemorate the feast of all saints, let us try to lead a holy life after their model and example and thus to attain the eternal bliss.

Fr. Prince Chakkalayil CST

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