A call to personal holiness

Fr. Joe Moriarty came to Bloomington to talk about holiness this evening.

Some good points that make one think that I have remembered:

  • Holy people would never say they are holy. Humility is quite important.
  • There is a difference between holiness and piety.

Fr. Moriarty spent the majority of his time presenting a paradigm of relationship development that charts movement in a person’s relationship with God. There are three components of this paradigm, which are not sequential and may exist together at any given time:

  • Certainty Phase – think of childhood and the times when we pray and participate in rituals just because we want to be accepted by the group (the family or church community). Rituals here are the destination, not part of the journey to the destination. Not a mature faith.
  • Searching Phase – this is when there is tension between our individual identity and the need to seek approval of others. It’s a time of recognizing our shortcomings. We begin to question life and our particular beliefs and practices. The intellectual phase predominates. But God is in the midst of our confusion.
  • Intimacy Phase – characterized by relationships of openness and honesty–with ourselves, others and God. Our self-awareness is enhanced and we grow to tolerate complexity in ourselves, others, and the world. Here, the true self surfaces.

Interesting. We’re all called to be holy, to be saints. Leon Bloy wrote, “There is but one tragedy: not to be a saint.”

It’s a journey to be walked together. And the holier we become, the holier the Church becomes!

4 thoughts on “A call to personal holiness

  1. Kevin:

    Leon Bloy was a French novelist who, throughout his life, grew to love Holy Mother Church more and more. His works reflected his growing devotion to the Church and his search for the Absolute.

    Mike

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