Just to avoid “burying the lead,” it seems to me that the point of Father Linsky’s comments is that we are commanded to be holy, to achieve “the fullness of Christian life and the perfection of charity.” (See source in the first Catechism clip below.)
Our first example is the sacrifice of Jesus, God Incarnate, who gave all for us. That sacrifice is symbolized by the Sacred Heart of Jesus, “the chief sign and symbol of that love with which the divine Redeemer continually loves the eternal Father and all human beings” without exception.” (Second Catechism clip)
And, though we are all saints (Third Catechism clip), the Church has identified and raised up and canonized some “by solemnly proclaiming that they practiced heroic virtue and lived in fidelity to God’s grace.” (Fourth Catechism clip) As Father Linsky pointed out, there are probably many saints who might have been canonized but were not because they labored in obscurity or died for the faith unknown.
Below are some sources and supporting texts from Sacred Scripture and The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Just ignore the underlining in those Catechism clips. It is from some previous reading.
Called To Be Holy in Sacred Scripture
NAB Leviticus 11:45 Since I, the LORD, brought you up from the land of Egypt that I might be your God, you shall be holy, because I am holy.
NAB Leviticus 19:2 “Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them: Be holy, for I, the LORD your God, am holy.
NAB Leviticus 20:7 Sanctify yourselves, then, and be holy; for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.
NAB Leviticus 21:6 To their God they shall be sacred, and not profane his name; since they offer up the oblations of the LORD, the food of their God, they must be holy.
NAB Numbers 15:40 Thus you will remember to keep all my commandments and be holy to your God.
NAB Deuteronomy 23:15 Since the LORD, your God, journeys along within your camp to defend you and to put your enemies at your mercy, your camp must be holy; otherwise, if he sees anything indecent in your midst, he will leave your company.
NAB Romans 1:7 to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
NAB 1 Corinthians 1:2 to the church of God that is in Corinth, to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy, with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.
NAB Ephesians 1:4 as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love
NAB 1 Peter 1:15 but, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct,
16 for it is written, “Be holy because I (am) holy.”
NAB Revelation 22:11 Let the wicked still act wickedly, and the filthy still be filthy. The righteous must still do right, and the holy still be holy.”
Here are the four Catechism clips referenced above:
(1) We are Called to be Perfect
(2) Sacred Heart of Jesus
(3) We Are All Saints
(4) Some Have Been Canonized as Examples
I chose St. Luke as my Confirmation Saint based on the fact that he wrote The Gospel According to Luke and The Acts of the Apostles, about 27% of the New Testament. Without his work, we might not have the story of the first martyr, St. Stephen, whose account of Salvation History (Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon) given as he awaited stoning is documented in Acts 7.
Note Stephen’s final prayer in Verse 60 of Acts 7. Sound familiar?
And here is information about St. JoseMaria Escriva, canonized only fifteen years ago and claimed by one of our members. I had never heard of him. Nice website. Too bad St. Luke doesn’t have a website.
Finally, if you don’t have a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with all the references from Sacred Scripture and the Church Fathers and other important church documents, your own personal copy is only a click away. Looks like you can get a used one for $3.00.
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