Our Lives in the Pursuit of HolinessOur daily lives, filled with mundane activities and distractions, seem to not have even an in inch of time for what we value. As we organize the house, prepare meals, work, and pay bills we find that time is consumed by the trivial matters and we’re left wondering where is the meaning in our lives. Whether you are single, married, an at-home parent, employee, or business owner you might find yourself isolating your religious life from your daily life.
Where is our pursuit of holiness which gives us happiness through Gods love? How can we make more time for our spiritual life that is blessed with the graces of God? How do we live the holy life that we are called to? We don’t even remind ourselves that the early Church taught that all believers could achieve holiness. Therefore, we forget to even try in our pursuit of holiness. In this new day and age holiness is achievable and we must learn from the saints of our days.
Learning from a Saint in the Pursuit of HolinessIn Holiness for Everyone: The Practical Spirituality of St. Josemaria Escriva, Eric Sammons employs the wisdom of a saint who lived during a time when many separated their daily lives from their spiritual pursuit of holiness. Simmons the author states, “Since I am not a saint, however, I cannot write such a guidebook on my own, so I instead use the teachings of an actual saint – St. Josemaría Escrivá – as the basis for the book.”
A critic of the book states, “I agree with the premise: holiness is for everyone, yes. But I don't necessarily want to be told how to be holy. I don't quite have enough humility within me to accept a sermon, but the way Sammons and St. Josemaria pair up- it's like a talk with a good friend.”
Our Sanctification in the Pursuit of HolinessPope John Paul II declared Josemaría the saint of ordinary life. St. Josemaria established that every man and woman, by God's grace, can be sanctified by the course of their ordinary life and work. Every aspect of our lives, even the simple and forgettable parts, can be offered up to and for the Lord. Menial tasks such as dishwashing, diaper changing, house cleaning, cooking, and yard work, should be accomplished with the purpose of serving and loving God through the carrying out of these necessary chores. These daily activities become acts of prayer and sacrifice that lead to our sanctification in our pursuit of holiness. Though this is not easy, but also not harder than many things, holiness can be achieved.
Glorifying God in the Pursuit of HolinessSammons writes," Holiness, rather, is a living relationship between a loving child who wants to please his father and a father who gives his child everything he needs to succeed." Whether you are single, married, an at-home parent, employee, or business owner, Holiness for Everyone confidently reminds us that we are here to be sanctified by our special roles and influences to become like Christ for one another and for God’s glorification.
Unless you are well-versed in Catholic teaching, it is not recommended to read the original writings of St. Josemaría without first reading Holiness for Everyone. The works of St. Josemaría Escrivá can sometimes be misunderstood. Sammons suggests further readings, prayer, and meditations questions at the end of each chapter. Eric Sammons is Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Venice in Florida and has a Master's degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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