Pope Francis gave us a road map to holiness in his address today for the Feast of All Saints. (image courtesy of Antique Images)
- Experience God’s love.
- Follow God with your whole heart, without compromise, without hypocrisy.
- Spend your life serving others.
- Bear suffering and adversity without hating. “Saints never hated,” the pope said, because love comes from God and hate comes from the devil. “Saints kept far away from the devil.”
- Respond to evil with goodness.
- Have a joyous heart and spread joy and peace to others.
- Follow the path of the Beatitudes (Mt. 5: 3-12).
- Don’t derive your sense of security from things, but from God’s love.
- Have a simple, humble heart.
- Don’t assume you are righteous.
- Don’t judge others.
- Know how to suffer with those who suffer and rejoice with those who rejoice.
- Don’t be violent. Be merciful.
- Seek to be builders of reconciliation and peace. “Always help reconcile people and always help to bring peace.”
Here is a prayer from Catholic.org, for Holiness:
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me so, O Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy.