Finally, brothers and sisters, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus that, as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God (as, in fact, you are doing), you should do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from fornication; that each one of you know how to control your own body in holiness and honor, not with lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one wrong or exploit a brother or sister in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, just as we have already told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness. Therefore whoever rejects this rejects not human authority but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit to you.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
Holiness is not the easiest nor most popular conversation topic. Yet holiness is what our God asks and invites, each and every day. Think of it as centering our daily living in God’s good grace, grounding my attitudes, decisions, and personal interactions in the Lord’s ever-present life and love. Easy to say; harder to accomplish….especially if I try to do it all alone.
If you think about it, holiness takes root within community—with the faith, support, and example of family members, good friends, those I pray and worship with, even total strangers whose prayers and support power us forward throughout the day.
If you are not “into” holiness today, think about all those others in your life who need your strength and count on your prayers and active example of gospel living. Then say a prayer of thanks and hope.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.
—St. Augustine of Hippo