The middle class of holiness

17 May 2017

During a recent meeting in the Vatican of Salesian novices with Pope Francis, one of the novices asked for a few words about holiness. And the Pope replied: " 'Walk in my presence and be blameless.' This is the best definition of holiness. These are God's words addressed to Abraham. Dominic Savio was in the habit of living in God's presence and, even now, I believe that today we can be saints. There are heroic people, parents, grandparents, young people, hidden saints, or as someone of French origin, said: 'people who belong to the middle class of holiness' that you do not see but they are there."

This middle class of holiness - as defined by the Pope, taking up the expression of the writer Joseph Malègue - is composed of people who are heroic in everyday life, people of integrity. Don Bosco, the saint of young people, invited them and led them to holiness, by being honest people, seeking the good of others and in this way finding their own good.

It is difficult to propose a path of holiness to today’s young people, but a good start is to propose a journey that begins with the choice of living in truth, not changing your mind like a flag blowing in the wind, and being faithful to your principles. Don Bosco also invites young people to live in this way, with joy and naturalness.

Honesty and Truth are Sisters because they bring people to recognize and love what they are in truth and not to seek a false image.  This is a journey that ultimately leads us to "Truth and Life", moving us from living in all those areas that are shifting sands of uncertainty, fear and relativism.

In this way, Pope Francis highlights among the saints this "middle class of holiness," men and women who are not on the altars, people who have journeyed in their daily lives to live normally in the presence of God without great clamour or signs, simply, in the ordinariness of life, people who are holy even if they are not seen as such.


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