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It is Our Christian Duty to Become a Saint and Heal the World

Oct 30, 2017 By Gretchen Filz | 1 Comments

If you are disturbed by the evil you see happening in the world today, there is something practical and effective that you can do:

Be holy.

It is our Christian duty to become saints. God heals and transforms the world through the example of holy Christians.

In the words of Pope Benedict XVI:

"Our first duty, therefore, precisely in order to heal this world, is to be holy, configured to God; in this way we emanate a healing and transforming power that also acts on others, on history . . .

In this regard, it is useful to reflect that the Twelve Apostles were not perfect men, chosen for their moral and religious irreproachability. They were indeed believers, full of enthusiasm and zeal but at the same time marked by their human limitations, which were sometimes even serious.

Therefore Jesus did not call them because they were already holy, complete, perfect, but so that they might become so, so that they might thereby also transform history, as it is for us, as it is for all Christians."

— Pope Benedict XVI

We are not perfect. But if we abandon ourselves to God's will for our lives, we will become so. Are you willing to let God make you a saint?

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Gretchen Filz Gretchen Filz

Gretchen is a Lay Dominican with a passion for fostering an increase in Catholic faith and devotion. After receiving her M.A. in Christian Apologetics, she converted to the Catholic Faith in 2011. She lives and works in the Diocese of Charlotte.

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