“Call to Holiness” is Pope Francis’ third Apostolic Exhortation, following Evangelii Gaudium (‘The Joy of the Gospel’) in 2013, and Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love’) in 2016.
Francis opens “Call to Holiness” (which he addresses to all Christians and not just Catholics) with a passage from Matthew (5:-12): “Rejoice and Be Glad – Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake. The Lord ask everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence.” The Pontiff continues: “What follows is not meant to be a treatise on holiness, containing definitions and distinctions helpful for understanding this important subject, or a discussion of the various means of sanctification. My modest goal is to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities.”
As you can imagine, the media was filled with analyses of Pope Francis’ exhortation from the moment of its release on April 9, 2018. Here are just a couple:
Click here for “Pope Francis: Being holy means loving people, not being boring,” prepared by the Catholic News Service
Click here for the full text of Pope Francis’ “Call to Holiness” published by the Vatican.