Pope Francis says ……. SIGNS OF HOLINESS (Cont’d)


When we live apart from others, it is very difficult to fight against concupiscence,

the snares and temptations of the devil and the selfishness of the world. Bombarded   as we are by so many enticements, we can grow too isolated, lose our sense of  reality and inner clarity, and easily succumb.

Growth in holiness is a journey in community, side by side with others. We see this in some holy communities. From time to time, the Church has canonized entire communities that lived the Gospel heroically or offered to God the lives of all their members. In many holy marriages too, each spouse becomes a means used by Christ for the sanctification of the other. Living or working alongside others is surely a path of spiritual growth. Saint John of the Cross told one of his followers: “You are living with others in order to be fashioned and tried”.

Each community is called to create a “God-enlightened space in which to       experience the hidden presence of the risen Lord. Sharing the word and            celebrating the Eucharist together fosters fraternity and makes us a holy and         missionary community.                                                                                        (Adapted from Gaudete Et Exsultate)