This week, the Holy Father published an
Apostolic Exhortation, that is, an important teaching document, called Gaudete et Exsultate (‘Rejoice and Be Glad’). It is about sanctity.
It is the first ever papal
document to be devoted solely to holiness and on the need for every Christian to become a holy person.
Gaudete et Exsultate has five
(1) the Call to Holiness;
(2) Two Subtle Enemies of
(3) In the Light of the
(4) Signs of Holiness in Today’s World;
(5) Spiritual Combat, Vigilance and
The Pope begins by reminding us that
every Christian, each one of us, is called to become a saint (3-34). Today, there are subtle temptations that can lead us astray from this, especially Gnosticism and Pelagianism (35-62). Our model is
always Jesus Christ, who lays out for us the programme in the Beatitudes (63-109). In today’s world, we need to overcome anxiety, negativity and sullenness, and the self-contentedness bred by
consumerism and individualism by our perseverance, patience and meekness, by joy and a sense of humour, by boldness and passion, by uniting in community and by constant prayer (110-157). He reminds
however us that the “Christian life is a constant battle. We need strength and courage to withstand the temptations of the devil and to proclaim the Gospel” although this “battle is sweet, for it
allows us to rejoice each time the Lord triumphs in our lives” (158: cf. 159-175).
You can download Gaudete et
Exsultate from Portsmouth Diocese e news.