Gaudete et Exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World

This study guide is a companion to the apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad) which is a letter to the whole world on a specific theme: in this case it is “On the call to holiness in today’s world.” As such, Pope Francis is speaking individually to each person or each community on holiness and not speaking of larger geopolitical issues. It is a summary of what is often called “spiritual theology” which is not dogma but the path we should all follow to become holy.

The title means “Rejoice and be glad” and is taken from Matthew 5:12. The title is also the first words of the document, “Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake, ‘Rejoice and be Glad.’” Francis’s goal is to show us both the happiness of a holy Christian life and call us to live up the demands that life entails.

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