The call to holiness

Through Baptism, every Christian is called to holiness and to do apostolate. Holiness is not reserved for a few chosen souls. We are all—without exception—called to holiness, which consists in putting into action all the necessary means to turn away from sin. As St. Thérèse said: "Holiness does not consist in this or that practice. It consists in a disposition of the heart that makes us humble and small in the arms of God."

This call to holiness is made concrete in one's state of life: either marriage or consecrated life. 

Yet, whatever the state of life is God intended each of us, we must all have the attitude of the prophet Samuel, who, in the middle of the night, responded to God's call, "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening." Faced with this call to love, we are often tempted by fear, which is overcome by trust in God, for He knows everything, He can do everything, and He loves us. He will never ask us to do anything beyond our strength. Moreover, since God does not allow Himself to be outdone in generosity, whenever He asks us for something, He always gives us more.

The best example of this is Our Mother, the Virgin Mary, our Model and Teacher. At the Annunciation She said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And She kept that yes throughout her life and She pronounced it also when She saw Jesus, her Son, die on the cross.

The life of Blessed Carlo Acutis is an examination of conscience for all young people. He is a clear proof that holiness is for everyone.

Carlo Acutis went to daily Mass and then remained in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, because he was convinced that "being before Jesus in the Eucharist, one becomes a saint." He used to say, "The Eucharist is my highway to Heaven. We are more fortunate than those who lived with Jesus 2000 years ago. To meet Him, it is enough for us to enter the church... Jerusalem is next to our homes."

He also once mentioned, "Just as in order to travel in a hot-air balloon you have unload weight, so too the soul, in order to rise to Heaven, needs to get rid of those little weights that are venial sins."

A well-known quote of Carlo Acutis is, "All people are born as originals but most die as photocopies." This is a reality. God thinks of each one with a different plan, to make him happy, but we prefer to be guided by what the world thinks, says, or does, and we end up being like everyone else and answering God a NO full of self-love. And inevitably, when we turn our gaze towards ourselves, we become sad. Happiness is in turning our gaze towards God.

Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock." And YOU, what are you going to answer? To respond to God, you must be passionate about HIM. Ask Him, imploringly, to make you passionate for Him.

Carlo had a concrete way in which Jesus asked him to sanctify himself. We must find ours, the one that God wants for us and, whatever our way is, we must follow CARLO's program: "To be always united with Jesus, this is my plan of life." And, when you know the way, WALK!

God is always going to do 99% and He asks us to collaborate 1%, which, although it is minimal, sometimes it is very difficult to give it to Him. That is why we must fight, never give up and, if God comes looking for us, even if He does not find us perfect, He may find us fighting. Because no one knows the day or the hour. He called Carlo when he was 15 and found him offering himself for the Church and for the Pope.

Is your way of living helping you to become the person you are called to be?

 


Karla

My name is Karla Jimenez and I am a candidate of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother.

I met the Home of the Mother when I was 13 years old at a camp and since that week away from the world, my life changed drastically forever: I started to go to daily Mass, to pray the rosary... In short, to be the oddball of the class.

Jesus fell in love with my misery and He made me fall in love with His mercy. He told me that He wanted me to be totally His and I accepted. I had many falls and ups and downs, but His firm hand was always with me, His faithfulness never ends and for that I will give Him eternal thanks.

Now I only want to live for Him, to deny Him nothing, to be the consolation of His Heart, and, holding our Mother's hand, to reach Heaven; but not without first having helped them on this earth to convert souls to love the Eucharist and know Our Lady's maternal love.