-St. Vincent Pallotti
How does God himself define “holy”? Is this a word reserved only for the priests and the most pious? St. Vincent did not believe this to be so. He recognized years ago what still holds true today; that to be holy is not about career choice nor economic status or stature, but rather it is a way of choosing to live the ordinary days of our lives in faith and discipleship. In its simplest form, holiness is doing the will of God always and in everything.
How do the everyday and sometimes mundane days add up to a lifetime of holiness? That must be the point then. It is the “day in and day out” moments, the seemingly ordinary choices we make in our lives that make us holy. When we treat a stranger on the street with kindness, when we reach out to a lonely neighbor, when we forgive a friend who has wronged us; these are the moments we honor God.
When we start each day on bended knee and with grateful hearts, and recognize that each and every gift we receive is from Him, we give glory to God. When we love friends and enemies alike, as if they bore the face of Jesus, we choose holiness. Quietly and reverently we go about our days on earth making choices that are pleasing to God.
You see He never intended that we all needed to be priests, or monks or saints to be holy. In His eyes, we earn that title by the way we live the ordinary and everyday moments of our lives, following always His divine will. This is the way to live holy; this is the way to sanctify our lives.