Welcome to Catholics Striving for Holiness!
“You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy (Lev 19:2).”Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect ( Mt 5:48).” “For this is the will of God, your sanctification (1Thes 4:3).”
The above passages of the Sacred Scriptures are eloquent enough to remind us of what the Triune God wills for each one of us in our earthly pilgrimage.
This page offers Catholic spiritual resources, posts and advice aimed at helping all Catholics who are striving to respond generously to God’s universal call to Holiness, as proclaimed by the Second Vatican Council in its Conciliar document, Lumen gentium, n. 39-42. In this document, we are reminded that:
“All the faithful of Christ of whatever rank or status, are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity; by this holiness as such a more human manner of living is promoted in this earthly society. In order that the faithful may reach this perfection, they must use their strength accordingly as they have received it, as a gift from Christ. They must follow in His footsteps and conform themselves to His image seeking the will of the Father in all things. They must devote themselves with all their being to the glory of God and the service of their neighbor. In this way, the holiness of the People of God will grow into an abundant harvest of good, as is admirably shown by the life of so many saints in Church history (n. 40).”
Moreover, it states that “all Christ’s faithful, whatever be the conditions, duties, and circumstances of their lives—and indeed through all these, will daily increase in holiness, if they receive all things with faith from the hand of their heavenly Father and if they cooperate with the divine will. In this temporal service, they will manifest to all men the love with which God loved the world. (n. 41).”
And finally, “all the faithful of Christ are invited to strive for the holiness and perfection of their own proper state. Indeed they have an obligation to so strive. Let all then have care that they guide aright their own deepest sentiments of their soul (n. 42).”
We hope that our posts -and prayers- may help you in your daily struggle to strive for holiness, which is nothing but, as St. Josemaria, the founder of Opus Dei said, the “fullness of charity”, the plenitude of our identification, as children of God, with the Only-Begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, through the action of the Holy Spirit and our personal correspondence. May God bless you and your family through the intercession of Our Mother Mary and St. Joseph!
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Fr. Rolando Arjonillo, priest of Opus Dei.
-Doctor of Sacred Theology (Summa cum laude), Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona, Spain). Doctoral Thesis awarded Premio Extraordinario nº 1 (1996).
-University of the Philippines, College of Medicine, 1986-1990. Completed Medicine Proper (4yrs). Belongs to UPCM Batch 1991. Left during internship (1991) to pursue theological studies at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. God comes first 🙂
-University of the Philippines, Diliman, BS Biology’86 (cum laude).
-Taught Fundamental Moral Theology for 4 years (1997-2001) at the
Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome). Published some books and articles on marriage and Moral Theology.
-Actually works as a Chaplain in Colegio Attendis Adharaz (Seville, Spain) and simultaneously attends to various pastoral activities of Opus Dei for married couples and youth as well in Seville, Spain.
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