.- In a message to a group of bishops and collaborators of the Focolare movement, who are meeting in Rome, Pope John Paul II stressed that only holiness can guarantee the fulfillment of the Christian mission to evangelize.
âIn fact, only a Christian community shining with holiness can efficaciously fulfill the mission entrusted to it by Christ, that is, to spread the Gospel to the far ends of the earth,â the Pope stressed.
During todayâs general audience, in the Paul VI Hall in the presence of 9,000 faithful, the Holy Father greeted the bishops and presented them his message for their annual meeting. The foundress of the Focolare Movement, Chiara Lubich, was also present at todayâs audience.
Noting that their encounter is centered on the theme of holiness, the Pope told the bishops that âVatican Council II reminded us that holiness is the vocation of every baptized personâ. âThe universal character of the Churchâs vocation to holiness,â he went on, âis a truth that represents one of the pillars of the conciliar constitution âLumen Gentiumâ.â
According to the Holy Father, âtwo general aspects should be underlined here. Above all, the fact that the Church is intimately holy and is called to live and to manifest that holiness in every one of its members.â âIn the second place, the expression âholiness of peopleâ, makes us think of ordinariness, that is, of the need for the baptized to know how to live the Gospel coherently in every day life: in the family, in oneâs work, in every relation and occupation. It is precisely in the ordinary that one must live the extraordinary,â he concluded.