A few days ago, I was going over my Facebook page and I found a comment from one of my friends who is 25 years old. This comment was with respect to a new apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis. His comment said more or less the following, "…it is a beautiful and refreshing reading. It is a reminder that the Holy Spirit is guiding the church in the direction of existential truth and in charity in the here and now. " His comment caught my attention because it comes from a young man who is struck by what Pope Francis has to say to us members of the church. The comment is the reflection of someone intelligent and seeking happiness and holiness. And that is what the Holy Father offers in this exhortation.
I do not know if we are all already aware of this apostolic exhortation entitled "Gaudete et Exultate" (Rejoice and be Glad). The title is already very illuminating of what the Holy Father presents in the exhortation. Undoubtedly, this exhortation reaffirms the uniqueness of Francis’ pontificate, which is the joy of being Christians. This exhortation enriches that deep desire all human beings have to be happy. The Pope says that happiness is the same as holiness because God wants us to be happy and for that, he invites us to be saints. In other words, to be happy, you have to look for holiness.
The Pope, as is his style, writes in a very simple way what being holy means for us today in our personal vocation and in our reality.
I invite you to read this exhortation. Undoubtedly, each one of us will draw his or her own conclusion from what the Holy Father says because his words will speak to each one of us in a very particular way. I also believe, as my friend does, that it is a very beautiful reading, refreshing and full of hope for our days, and that it reminds us of that call that God makes us to be holy.
Thank God, for the advanced technology, this document will soon be available bookstores, but it is already available on the Vatican website at: vatican.va. Hopefully you can read it, and hopefully the parish groups can study it together, and families or friends can create reflection groups about it. I think it will do us all a lot of good.