Chapter 4: Signs of Holiness in Today’s World

Holiness is also… boldness (parrhesia in Greek), an impulse to evangelize and to leave a mark in this world. To allow us to do this, Jesus himself comes and tells us once more, serenely yet firmly, “Do not be afraid.”“I am with you always, to the end of the world.” These words enable us to go forth and serve with the same courage that the Holy Spirit stirred up in the apostles, impelling them to proclaim Jesus Christ.

Boldness, enthusiasm, the freedom to speak out, apostolic fervor, all these are included in the word boldness (parrhesia).” The Bible uses this word (parrhesia) to describe the freedom of a life open to God and to others.

Saint Paul VI… spoke of a lack of fervor… Yet the Lord calls us to put out into the deep and let down our nets. He bids us spend our lives in his service. Clinging to him, we are inspired to put all our charisms at the service of others. May we always feel compelled by his love…