The book is hard cover and has extra wide margins that you can underline and write your own notes. It is a book meant to be kept on your coffee table rather than put away on a bookshelf never to be revisited again.
I really feel this call that instead of making New Years resolutions of working out or eating better or all the other things we come up with, that we should make the resolution to grow in holiness. I hope this book can be the first step to stepping into this call that our Holy Father has so beautifully shared.
“REJOICE AND BE GLAD” (Mt 5:12), Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake. The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence. The call to holiness is present in various ways from the very first pages of the Bible. We see it expressed in the Lord’s words to Abraham: “Walk before me, and be blameless” (Gen 17:1).
Gaudete et Exsultate is not meant to be a treatise on holiness, containing definitions and distinctions helpful for understanding this important subject, or a discussion of the various means of sanctification. The modest goal is to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities. For the Lord has chosen each one of us “to be holy and blameless before him in love” (Eph 1:4).