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Faith Focus: The call to holiness

Remember, God’s design is that we find all that we seek in becoming holy.

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Connie Bruesch.
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God calls each of us to holiness, holiness in Him.

In this age of relentless activity it is easy for Christians, particularly those involved in good works, to fall into the pattern of the activist with an attitude of “if I do more then I become holier.” But mere activity and material results are not sufficient for a successful transformation to holiness. In the book, “The Soul of the Apostolate,” it speaks of the very foundation of all apostolic and holy work must be formation of an interior life. The apostle of Christ will grow to become an instrument and true channel of God’s grace to the world through the cultivation of the interior life. A strong interior life anchors our actions to do the work of Christ in the world. When one is involved in works of spiritual or corporal charity, his work can only be truly efficacious when his life is anchored to Christ. Without Christ we can do nothing.

The book speaks of three types of work:

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1. The almost exclusively physical work or those who live by manual labor. No matter what one may think about it, this kind of work is the easiest of the three.

2. The intellectual toil of the scholar, the thinker, often in his pursuit of truth; that of the writer, or the professor, who puts everything they have into the effort to communicate all they know to others. Or the intellectual labor required of a leader who needs to foresee and direct everything and make the proper decisions. This labor in itself is far more difficult than the first.3. Finally, there is the labor of the interior life. Of all three, this kind, when it is taken seriously, is by far the most difficult. But at the same time, it is this kind that offers us the most satisfaction here on Earth. It is likewise the most important. It goes to make up not so much a man’s profession as the man himself. One who is determined to acquire an interior life must take, for his ideal, unremitting domination of self and complete control over his environment, in order to act in all things solely for the glory of God. To achieve this aim, under all circumstances, to keep united with Jesus Christ and to keep his eye on the end, and to evaluate everything according to the Gospel.

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Maybe this journey to holiness seems too difficult and you may feel afraid or unable to make the journey. Remember, God’s design is that we find all that we seek in becoming holy. So do not be afraid because God promises to be with us and He only takes us as we are ready, never forcing Himself on us. He is a gentle and loving Father. With our consent, God will slowly detach us from those things that keep us from holiness.

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