A picture of the Holy Family hangs in the hallway in the Brothers' house in Cork. I sometimes look at it and wonder if I could ever be that holy, especially when I consider my own sin and failures!
And yet the Christian life is about achieving holiness and, wait for it - sainthood! We are called to be saints!
That may seem like an impossible task. But it is helpful to remind ourselves that a life of holiness is not a life without difficulties and challenges. There will be moments of conflict and tension. And very often we will find that it is in our relationships with other people that we have the greatest opportunity to be either saints or sinners. Holiness would be so much easier if it wasn't for other people!
One of the ways to grow in holiness is to practice forgiveness. Try it....
Holiness is also associated with joy. Indeed, the great Dubliner, Blessed Dom Columba Marmion said that "joy is the echo of God's life within us". Joy is always a good sign of spiritual health!
If you would like to grow in holiness as a religious brother, contact me at vocation@PresentationBrothers.org