The Call to Holiness
My monastic vocation, as it has developed and matured over the years, is intimately bound up with the lives of my brother priests and with their desire for holiness. The Wednesday of Holy Week invites me to meditate on one priest’s abject failure, on one priest’s sordid betrayal of Our Lord, on one priest’s headlong plunge into the darkness of despair. You all know this priest. His name was Judas Iscariot.
Saint Benedict himself makes an explicit reference to Judas in Chapter LX of the Holy Rule: Of Priests Who May Wish to Dwell in the Monastery. He puts to every priest who knocks at the door of the cloister the question that Our Lord put to Judas in Gethsemani: Dixitque illi Jesus: Amice, ad quid venisti? — And Jesus said to him, Whereto art thou come? (Matthew 26:50)
What I am about to share applies not only to priests; it applies, in some way, to everyone. Each of us is called to live in the friendship of Jesus. Each of us is called to holiness. Each of us is called to become nothing less than a saint.