Selection of quotes from 'Gaudete et Exsultate'

Friday, Apr. 13, 2018
Selection of quotes from 'Gaudete et Exsultate' + Enlarge
By Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Here is a selection of quotations from “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on holiness:
– “I like to contemplate the holiness present in the patience of God’s people: in those parents who raise their children with immense love, in those men and women who work hard to support their families, in the sick, in elderly religious who never lose their smile.”
– “Holiness is the most attractive face of the Church.”
– “The important thing is that each believer discern his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts that God has placed in their hearts, rather than hopelessly trying to imitate something not meant for them.”
– “We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in prayer. That is not the case.”
– “We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.”
– “This holiness to which the Lord calls you will grow through small gestures.”
– “Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy.”
– “Thanks be to God, throughout the history of the Church it has always been clear that a person’s perfection is measured not by the information or knowledge they possess, but by the depth of their charity.”
– “Giving and forgiving means reproducing in our lives some small measure of God’s perfection, which gives and forgives superabundantly.”
– “We need to think of ourselves as an army of the forgiven. All of us have been looked upon with divine compassion.”
– “The saints are not odd and aloof, unbearable because of their vanity, negativity and bitterness. The Apostles of Christ were not like that.”
– “In this call to recognize him in the poor and the suffering, we see revealed the very heart of Christ, his deepest feelings and choices, which every saint seeks to imitate.”
– “It is true that the primacy belongs to our relationship with God, but we cannot forget that the ultimate criterion on which our lives will be judged is what we have done for others.”
– “Let us ask the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us a fervent longing to be saints for God’s greater glory, and let us encourage one another in this effort.”
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