Over the past eight weeks, I have been blessed to witness the transformation of many lives here at camp, as well as at Life Teen Convention in Arizona. In the midst of the busyness of camp, I have taken time to reflect on the words Mother Assumpta shared with us at convention. She spoke about sainthood, and the fact that we are all called to be the saints of the church of today. She reminded each of us of our need for daily prayer and silence before the Lord.
So often, I encounter “holy people’ who are complacent and satisfied in their faith. We (because and I must be included in this statement) cling to our sinfulness and see holiness as a goal for the elite. Often missionaries, priest, religious, and youth ministers are looked to as the ones who are made for holiness, or the only ones that sainthood is possible for in our culture. Though we know holiness and sainthood is the call of all the church, we settle for less.
RISE UP CHURCH!! Holiness is our call. We are made for the greatness of God’s glory. We are made to live in union with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Maybe I am being to forward, but why are we selling ourselves short. Why are we settling with shorter prayer times, impure music, wasting our time watching movies that do not glorify God, and giving into corrosive speech. God has much more!!
Mother Assumpta word’s to the youth ministers and core members at convention, were beautifully challenging to many of us. It was a blessed reminder to me that God wants more. He wants my all. He wants my yes. He desires me to be at His feet in silent prayer and to run to His sacraments frequently. When I do, He will move more miraculously than ever before.
God desires you to be Holy, not for His own glory but for your eternal joy and happiness. The mission of the redeemer is the salvation of souls, and as Saint Paul reminds each of us in his letter to the Corinthians that I to must “drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.”