Top Five Takeaways from ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’

America Magazine published Fr. James Martin’s reflections on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Encyclical “Call to Holiness.”  Fr. Martin begins his commentary with Pope Francis’ opening text – “Rejoice and be glad!”  “Why should we ‘rejoice and be glad? Because God, as Francis reminds us, calls us all to be saints. But how can we respond to that call?”

Fr. Martin touches on five points to ponder in our “call to holiness” based on Pope Francis’ “new and very practical exhortation:”

  1. Holiness means being yourself
  2. Everyday life can lead to holiness
  3. Two tendencies to avoid:  Gnosticism and Pelagianism
  4. Be Kind
  5. The Beatitudes are a roadmap for holiness

Please click here to review Fr. Martin’s reflection in its entirety, published in America Magazine.