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  1. The Universal Call to Holiness Introduction to Catholicism Fr. Llane Briese

  2. Holiness • Happiness • State in Life • Saint • Martyr • Church • Pilgrim Church • Disciple and Discipleship • Evangelization • Grace • Mystical Body of Christ • Leaven (used as a metaphor) Key Terms for this Section(Quiz #3)

  3. “The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for […]” (CCC 27) • “Although man can forget God or reject him, He never ceases to call every man to seek him, so as to find life and happiness.” (CCC 30) The Universal Call to Holiness

  4. Happiness: The state of being at perfect satisfaction with oneself. • NOT FOUND IN: • Money • Power • Fame • Achievement • BUT ONLY IN GOD! • Holiness: Living according to God’s plan. Happiness and Holiness

  5. If there is a God, God created us. • If God created us, then living according to God’s plan is the only way to happiness.. • Holiness = living according to God’s plan. • Conclusion: If there is a God, then holiness is the only way to happiness. Happiness and Holiness

  6. If you want to be happy, be holy! • Holiness: “Life according to the manufacturer’s instructions.” • Holiness is for EVERYONE! • The specific way to holiness is radically INDIVIDUAL—exercised in a state in life (i.e. single person, married, priest, nun, monk, deacon, etc.) • State in Life: the vehicle in which we live out our call to holiness. • Requires grace: free gift of God’s favor and help in our lives. Living a Holy Life

  7. “When I am lifted up from the Earth, I will draw all people to myself.” (Jn 12:32) • Church = Greek ekklēsia (“called out from”); a gathering of Christians both in individual cities as well as throughout the world. • 2 NT metaphors for the Church: • Mystical Body (cf. 1 Corinthians 12) • Pilgrim Church (cf. 1 Peter 2:11) Holiness in the Church

  8. Discipleship: Being a “learner” of Christ (from Latin discipulus= student, trainee). • The PRIVATE part of living our faith • Evangelization: Publicly living our faith so that others can hear the Gospel (from Greek = euaggelizein, to proclaim Good News). • The PUBLIC part of living our faith Two Dimensions of Holiness

  9. Saints: Those who have attained personal holiness. (Some are canonized = officially recognized by the Church as saints.) • Martyrs: From Greek word “witness”; particular saints died for Christ; term can also describe those who suffer in witness to Christ. Examples of Holiness

  10. Luke 13:20-21: 20Again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed [in] with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.” • We are called to allow our entire lives (the whole batch of dough) to be touched by the Gospel (the leaven/yeast). The Metaphor of Leaven

  11. Small Group Discussion What are the biggest obstacles to holiness?