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Jun 6, 2018

In this podcast, Marcellino D'Ambrosio notes that we prefer to debate these issues but avoid the REAL ISSUE - the call each of us has to ongoing, never-ending conversion, the call to become saints. That's what this papal exhortation is all about.

Despite all the debate over Vatican II, the universal call to holiness was the heart of the council's teaching, the real point of the whole affair.  The center of the central document of the council was <em>Lumen Gentium</em> Chap V - the Universal Call to Holiness. The council and now, Pope Francis, makes the point that holiness is not to be identified with one particular vocation (religious life).  Rather each, in their own state of life, in a way proper to his or her own vocation, is called to the heights of holiness, the perfection of faith, hope, and love as exemplified in the Beatitudes.