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The Pope: “A saint or a saint is a luminous reflection of the Lord in history”

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This November 11, the Holy Father reminds us in a tweet that “the path to holiness is universal, it is a call for all of us that begins with Baptism and that is unique and unrepeatable.” Holiness is always original, as Blessed Carlos Acutis said, there is no holiness of a photocopy, it is mine, yours, that of each one of us.

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“A saint or a saint is a luminous reflection of the Lord in history. The path to holiness is universal, it is a call for all of us that begins with Baptism and that is unique and unrepeatable for each one”

This is Pope Francis’ tweet for this Friday, November 11, the day on which the Church celebrates the liturgical memory of Saint Martin, Bishop of Tours, and also the day on which the Symposium promoted by the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences in collaboration with the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints, entitled “Models of holiness and canonizations 40 years after the Apostolic Constitution Divinus Perfectionis Magister (1983-2023)”which has been taking place at the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome.

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Luminous reflections of the Lord in history

The Holy Father’s tweet for this day is an invitation to “serve the Gospel and our brothers and sisters and offer our own lives selflessly, without seeking any worldly glory”, as he said in the homily he delivered on May 15 of this year, on the Holy Mass with the rite of canonization of 10 blessed. When canonizing Titus Brandsma, Lázaro Devasahayam, César de Bus, Luis María Palazzolo, Justino María Russolillo, Carlos de Foucauld, María Rivier, María Francisca de Jesús Rubatto, María de Jesús Santocanale, María Domenica Mantovani, Pope Francis pointed out that they they lived holiness in a “unique and unrepeatable” way, spending themselves for the Gospel “enthusiastically embracing their vocation — as a priest, some consecrated, others as a layman — they discovered an unparalleled joy and became luminous reflections of the Lord in the history”.

Holiness is always original, unique and unrepeatable

That is why the Holy Father reminds us that we are all called to holiness and encourages us to follow this path that “is not closed”, but is universal, which is a call for all of us, and which begins with Baptism. . The Pope also tells us that “we are all called to holiness, to a unique and unrepeatable holiness.” And for this, he gives us an example, the life of the young Italian, Carlos Acutis, who said that, “holiness is always original, there is no photocopying holiness, it is mine, yours, that of each one of us. It is unique and unrepeatable”. Yes, the Lord has a project of love for each one, the Pontiff concludes, he has a dream for your life, for my life, for the life of each one of us, that is why we must carry it forward and live it with joy.

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