Gaudete et Exsultate! Rejoice and be Glad!
In his latest Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Francis’ reminds us to keep our “lamps lit” as a response to Christ’s invitation to be saints.
The path of holiness is a source of peace and joy, given to us by the Spirit. At the same time, it demands that we keep ‘our lamps lit’ (Lk 12:35) and be attentive. ‘Abstain from every form of evil’ (1 Thess 5:22). ‘Keep awake’ (Mt 24:42; Mk 13:35). ‘Let us not fall asleep’ (1 Thess 5:6).
Those who think they commit no grievous sins against God can fail to realise that their spiritual life has gradually turned lukewarm. They end up weakened and corrupted. Everything appears acceptable: deception, slander, egotism and other subtle forms of self-centredness, for ‘even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light’ (2 Cor 11:14).
“The Christian life is a constant battle. We need strength and courage to withstand the temptations of the devil and to proclaim the Gospel. This battle is sweet, for it allows us to rejoice each time the Lord triumphs in our lives,” writes the Pope.
All the faithful, whatever their condition or state, are called by the. Every person has a unique vocation to whom they’re called on by Him and “For those faithful to His word, by their self-giving, gain true happiness.”
Read more about the Pope’s Gaudete et Exsultate here