Holiness can be found exactly where you are – Papal Nuncio Caccia
Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia joins the merriment during the feast of St. Francis of Assisi in Meycauayan City, Bulacan, Oct. 4, 2018 RAINIER POLICARPIO
By Myraine Carluen-Policarpio
Oct. 6, 2018
Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, said everyone is called to be holy by living one’s specific state of life “with love” and by bearing witness in everything one does and wherever one finds himself.
The prelate expounded on this theme as he led the faithful of St. Francis of Assisi parish in this city in celebration of the feast day of their patron saint and in commemoration of the 440th anniversary of the coming of Christianity to the town.
“Are you called to be consecrated? Be holy by living your commitment with joy. Are you married? Be holy by living and caring for husband or wife as Christ does for the Church. Do you work for a living? Be holy by working with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters. Are you a parent or a grandparent? Be holy by passionately teaching your little ones how to follow Jesus. Are you in a position or authority? Be holy by working for the common good and renouncing personal gain,” Caccia enumerated. “As we celebrate this feast, we ask St. Francis: Please help me to become holy like you are holy.”
He also gave the faithful a summary of the life of St. Francis of Assisi and how he lived a life geared towards holiness.
”If we want to be a saint, we have to learn to be at peace with ourselves and with God like Francis did,” he said further. “Peace is a fruit of love and he loves like how God loves.”
The Nuncio also extended the greetings, gratitude, and blessings of Pope Francis, and asked the faithful to continue praying for the Holy Father and for the Church, especially for Christians who are suffering from persecution in many parts of the world today.
Caccia concelebrated the Mass with parish priest Msgr. Adalberto Vergara; Vicar General of the Diocese of Malolos, Msgr. Pablo Legaspi Jr.; and other members of the Malolos clergy and guest priests.