In commenting on this document, Archbishop Gregory reminded us that we are all called to holiness according to the circumstances of our lives. He stated, “Pope Francis’ exhortation invites us to remove everything from our hearts that block love. This is for all of us a lifelong journey toward holiness. Doing those little things – the ordinary things, the repetitive things that we face constantly – with humble acceptance is our pathway to sanctity. Whether we are young or old, laity or cleric, we are called to take the small steps toward holiness that we must follow each day.” The Archbishop also stated that sanctity “is not something limited to the great publicly recognized figures of holiness from the Church’s past, nor something only reserved to the clergy or religious. We are all summoned to become saints each in our own daily lives.”
The media outlet “Knowing Jesus” provided “A Prayer for Holiness of Heart” which reflects the sentiments of this apostolic exhortation of Our Holy Father:
SET APART UNTO YOU , AND LIVING MY LIFE IN A MANNER THAT IS WORTHY OF YOU AND PLEASING TO YOU.
SEARCH MY HEART I PRAY, AND IF THERE IS ANY CHERISHED SIN LURKING WITHIN, I ASK THAT YOU WOULD ROOT IT OUT,
FOR I KNOW THAT ONLY THE ONE THAT HAS CLEAN HAND AND PURE HEART MAY STAND IN YOUR PRESENCE.
PURIFY MY HEART, CLEANSE MY INNER THOUGHTS AND EXAMINE THE VERY MOTIVES BEHIND MY ACTS AND ATTITUDE,
FOR I DESIRE TO LIVE IN HOLINESS OF HEART – AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT IS DISPLEASING TO YOU IN MY LIFE,
I ASK THAT IN YOUR GRACE YOU WOULD ROOT IT OUT SO THAT I MAY LIVE IN GODLY HOLINESS ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE, CLOTHED IN CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUSNESS,
SEPARATED UNTO YOU AND WALKING IN GODLY LOVE – THIS I ASK IN JESUS NAME. AMEN.