The Church teaches that everyone is called to holiness. But many of us make the mistake of thinking, “Really the ones who are supposed to be holy are priests and religious. Deep prayer and evangelization—that falls under their job description, not mine.”
“Maybe” we think, “I can do one of these. Maybe I can be a prayer person or an evangelization person, but certainly not both.”
When we turn from our call to holiness or push it away by trying to be just a “prayer person” or an “action person”, then we end up frustrated, idle, and fruitless.
But Jesus knows all that we are made for and invites us not to settle. So He cries out to us:
“And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard.’ ” He says this to “every person who comes into the world” and that includes you. (CFL, No. 2)
He desperately wants you to know Him in personal prayer. He wants you to enter His vineyard and help transform the world by your life. He wants you to live a life filled with both deep contemplative prayer and rich apostolic work.
You are called to be a contemplative and an apostle. You too are called to holiness.