In his apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis expounds that the call to holiness is for everybody. We don’t need to strive to be holy. We just have to live our ordinary lives by having God as the reference point.

According to Pope Francis, there are two subtle enemies of holiness: Gnosticism and Pelagianism.

The identity card of a Christian is Jesus’s sermon about the beatitudes. Pope Francis explains each beatitude in detail. For him, holiness is just to practice Jesus’s teachings about the beatitudes.

Pope Francis also stresses the importance of discernment. How can a human being know the ultimate truth, that is if something comes from the Holy Spirit or from the spirit of the world or from the devil? The ability of discernment is a God’s gift. If we turn to God, we will be able to discern reality as it is.

Ettore Grillo author of these books:

November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily

A Hidden Sicilian History

The Vibrations of Words

Travels of the Mind

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