Lay Life in a Year

52 Reflections on JPII's vision for the Laity

Week 2: You Too Are Called to Holiness

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.

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Week 19: The Sacrifice of Spilled Cereal

It was a hard morning with the kids. The oldest didn’t listen and spilled his cereal all over the floor. I was upset, but surprisingly, my wife wasn’t. She refilled his bowl, patted him on the head, and then quietly got down on her knees to clean up his mess. It was...

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Week 18: Continuing Christ’s Mission

You may have heard St. Paul’s shocking words: “We make up for what is lacking in the suffering of Christ.” (Col. 1:24) Is he saying Jesus isn’t enough? It’s a bit like when my 4 year old helps me cook. Well, he feels like he’s helping, but mostly I let him add some...

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Week 17: Being Christ In The World

Charles was an older man who spent the whole day working with us on a project. It was touching how often things reminded him of his wife. Flowers he brought to their first date, the time she was in the hospital for a week, and her kindness, joy, and patience. After 55...

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