Episode 8 “GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE” by Pope Francis pt.2 – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas
In this episode, Archbishop Lucas continues the conversation on various aspects of the April 2018 Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be glad)” given to the faithful by Pope Francis. We conclude our conversation of Chapter 2, “The Two Subtle Enemies of Holiness,” with the subject of “contemporary Pelagianism.” We then discuss Chapter 3 and 4, entitled “In the Light of the Master” and “Sign’s of Holiness in Today’s World.”
From GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE
63. There can be any number of theories about what constitutes holiness, with various explanations and distinctions. Such reflection may be useful, but nothing is more enlightening than turning to Jesus’ words and seeing his way of teaching the truth. Jesus explained with great simplicity what it means to be holy when he gave us the Beatitudes (cf. Mt 5:3-12; Lk 6:20-23). The Beatitudes are like a Christian’s identity card. So if anyone asks: “What must one do to be a good Christian?”, the answer is clear. We have to do, each in our own way, what Jesus told us in the Sermon on the Mount. In the Beatitudes, we find a portrait of the Master, which we are called to reflect in our daily lives.
64. The word “happy” or “blessed” thus becomes a synonym for “holy”. It expresses the fact that those faithful to God and his word, by their self-giving, gain true happiness.
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