Most of us aren’t called to be priests or monks or nuns, yet so many spiritual authors assume that their readers live in convents, monasteries, or rectories. So what about the spiritual life of everyone else? Here are three takes on holiness in daily life (from St. Francis de Sales, Blessed John Henry Newman, and St. Josemaría Escrivá) for those called to be a Saint in the home and the workplace.
St. Francis de Sales is my favorite Saint outside of the Holy Family, and his Introduction to the Devout Life is a spiritual masterpiece. It was written to a laywoman who wanted to know how she could be holy while living in the secular world. In this talk (presented on July 12th at Christ the King Church in Topeka, KS), I take a look at Francis’ answer to that question, as well as the answers given by Blessed John Henry Newman, St. Josemaría Escrivá (the founder of Opus Dei), and the Second Vatican Council.