Friday is the feast of
1) The universal vocation to holiness in Christ is, as
2) If that “predestination” took place before the creation of the world, it means that we have not been called because we have these or those qualities or virtues, but rather the other way around. We have these qualities and virtues because we have been called. Everything about us is in function of that call: born of these parents, in that place, with this kind of education, with these friends, those intellectual and emotional qualities, etc.
3) Which raises the critical question: what are we doing with our talents and virtues in the light of the vocation for which they were given to us? This is the examination we should undergo in the few days preceding the feast of
“Now in the morning, as he returned to the city, he was hungry.
Seeing a fig tree by the road, he came to it, and found nothing on it but leaves.
He said to it, "Let there be no fruit from you forever!"
Immediately the fig tree withered away” (Matt 21:18-22).
4) Christ lives. The dynamic of conversion to the radicality of the call for all of us is the fact that Christ lives now. We are not dealing with an historical figure or a memory of a past Person or event. We are dealing with a living Christ. The eschatology is not simply the Parousia. It is the living Christ Who stands before us.
The mind and spirit of St. Josemaria Escriva is the following: “Jesus lives, with flesh like mine, but glorified; with a heart of flesh like mine. Scio enim quod Redemptor meus vivit, ‘I know that my Redeemer lives’ (Job 19, 25). My Redeemer, my Friend, my Father, my King, my God, my Love, lives! He watches over me. He loves me even more than does that blessed woman (my mother), who brough me into the world… It’s enough: let the fellows draw the practical consequences. How often this simple, trite consideration has sparked off a roaring blaze of Faith and Love in a manly heart!”
 Pedro Rodriguez, “The Way,” “Critical-Historical Edition,” Scepter (