In Testimonium...

This past Monday, as we celebrated the transferred Solemnity of the Annunciation, the Holy See published an Apostolic Exhortation entitled Gaudete et Exsultate. Pope Francis describes it not as "a treatise on holiness, containing definitions and distinctions helpful for understanding this important subject, or a discussion of the various means of sanctification" but as an opportunity to "repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities".

In 177 short paragraphs the Holy Father reflects on aspects of the call to holiness in the modern world. He points out the pitfalls of Gnosticism and Pelagianism, highlights the necessity of grace, expounds on the Beatitudes, emphasizes the Lord's teaching on the separation of the sheep and the goats, details some characteristics of holiness such as perseverance, patience, meekness, joy, humor, boldness, passion, community, constant prayer and concludes with a warning about the real activity of the devil and the danger of lethargy:

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Eternal rest grant unto them...

Muriel Urrico
1930 - 2018

Patrick McDonough
24 Jun. 1949 - 5 Feb. 2018

Mary Fritch Quetsch
31 Jan. 1932 - 11 Feb. 2018

Scott Berridge
29 Apr. 1961 - 14 Mar. 2018

Ann Haas Cox
31 Jul. 1934 - 17 Mar. 2018

Fr. Mark Pilon
23 Mar. 1943 - 19 Mar. 2018

Donald Steiner
24 May 1962 - 20 Mar. 2018