What is “Called to be Holy”?

Fr. Paul Burch gives us the following explanation in the newsletter of the Coventry Ordinariate Mission:

Sharing the riches of English spiritual writers

The Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Monsignor Keith Newton, has launched an initiative for 2015 with the title “Called to be Holy”. This initiative will seek to contribute to the spiritual renewal of Catholic life in Britain by drawing on and sharing widely the rich treasures of English spiritual writers from the author of the Cloud of Unknowing to Michael Ramsey.

Called to be Holy draws its inspiration from the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Benedict XVI Anglicanorum coetibus, published in November 2009, which specifically refers to ‘many elements of sanctification and of truth that are found outside the Catholic Church’s visible confines. These are gifts properly belonging to the Church of Christ; they are forces impelling towards Catholic unity. They are a precious gift nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate and a treasure to be shared’.

Called to be Holy is intended to contribute to the spiritual renewal of Catholic life in Britain by drawing on those elements of sanctification to be found in the riches of English spiritual writers, to make evident the truth and beauty contained in Catholic teaching and life in a way that will have a particular appeal to sensitivities fashioned by Anglican and English traditions, and as the specific gift the Ordinariate brings to the Catholic Church in England and to our common task of evangelisation.

There will be a Called to be Holy Novena from Friday 15th May to Saturday 23rd May, that is from the Ascension to Pentecost. Ordinariate Groups across the country will be hosting a day of recollection during the Novena; details of local events in May will be provided as soon as they are available. It will be possible to join in a ‘virtual’ Novena by following the spiritual writings, prayers and reflections published on the Ordinariate website.

It is hoped that this initiative will appeal to members of our Ordinariate Groups, to
our brothers and sisters in local Catholic Dioceses and Deaneries, and to our brothers and sisters in other Christian communities, as we all seek that constant renewal of our spiritual life in Christ which is the essential foundation to the task of offering the good news of Jesus Christ to the people of this land, once renowned as the Island of Saints and as Our Lady’s Dowry.

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