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6th Sunday of Easter

May 7, 2018

THE JOY OF HOLINESS

What are the qualities you attribute with the saints?  That is what are the qualities you attribute to holiness?  How do you know someone is holy? What is the measuring stick?

In Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis writes that there are five great expressions of love for God and neighbour of particular importance in the light of the limitations present in today’s culture.  In many respects, this list of five expressions are the exact expressions we find in all of our readings today.  They include:

Inner Strength that comes from the love of God; Joy and Humor; Boldness, no fear; to exist in Community; and to exist in Constant Prayer.  These are the five expressions of holiness – five expressions that are present when we are with God.

If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, and my joy will be complete in you.  My friends, we are called to live with joy.

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