Monday, February 20, 2006

Archbishop Wilton Gregory on becoming a saint

In this recent column in The Georgia Bulletin, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Archbishop Wilton Gregory reflected on the universal call to holiness in light of the interest he's noticed in the beatification Cause of the Servant of God Pope John Paul II:

Pope John Paul II is clearly moving quickly through the process. Although I don’t have any specific details of where the investigation is at this time, there is much interest (and I suspect tremendous support) that it proceed rapidly. We want to see this beloved man held up by the Church as a model of holiness. We would like to have the joy of having known, having seen, and for many people personally having met a real live saint in our own lifetime. I suspect, however, that we already have had that privilege—even here in North Georgia.

The challenge is for us to also realize that we are all in that race for holiness, along with even the world-famous people who capture the headlines and are the subject of the public media.

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