1. “REJOICE AND BE GLAD” (Mt 5:12), Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake.
The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we
were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence. The
call to holiness is present in various ways from the very first pages of the Bible. We see it
expressed in the Lord’s words to Abraham: “Walk before me, and be blameless” (Gen 17:1).
2. What follows is not meant to be a treatise on holiness, containing definitions and distinctions
helpful for understanding this important subject, or a discussion of the various means of
sanctification. My modest goal is to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own
time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities. For the Lord has chosen each one of us “to be
holy and blameless before him in love” (Eph 1:4).