TRADITION. Our generous and loving God gives us an incredible gift of Freedom! But how are we supposed to use this freedom? The Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, nos. 39-42, addresses our responsibilities through the Universal Call to Holiness. Usually when we think of being called to Holiness, we don’t think of ourselves. The Church teaches us that this call is Universal–it applies to everyone, not just priests, nuns, missionaries, and little old church ladies–but to EVERYONE! That includes You and Me!! Click here for an awesome reflection on the greatest threat to holiness from Father Bryce Sibley, S.T.L., pastor of Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church in Lafayette, LA.
TRANSFORMATION. Together we pray with the words of Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.:
O Lord, when I think that I have the terrible power to paralyze the action of grace, the action of the Holy Spirit within me, I realize that the greatest mercy you can show me is to captivate my freedom by Your love, so that it may be Your willing prisoner forever. O my Jesus, I beseech You to take away from me the freedom to frustrate Your graces, to live a purely human life, as though no seed of divine life were implanted in me. Oh! I know that I am very distracted, very forgetful; I am superficial, I allow myself to be ensnared by all kinds of attractions and preoccupations with exterior material things, and I forget the supernatural realities which my senses do not perceive, although they are the beautiful realities.
Your love alone, O Lord, can conquer the great inconstancy of my mind and heart, and establish them in You, so that my life may become interior, rather than exterior, centered on You and Your grace instead of on myself and things of earth.
From Divine Intimacy: Meditations on the Interior Life for Every Day of the Liturgical Year