The Church states that each person, and not just those who have a parish named after them, or those who lived in former times, but each and every one of the baptised, is called to live a life of holiness. Our Lord was clear that the program of discipleship consisted in the perfection of charity (Jn 13:34-35); St Peter instructed his readers, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; since it is written, ‘You shall be holy for I am holy’” (1 Pet 1:14-16).
The following particular vocations are particular means to holiness:
In Holy Matrimony, the husband and the wife offer each other in exclusive and life-giving generosity, whose expression of love yields a growth in spousal love and parental love.
Consecrated life is one of profound self-donation to the Lord by the profession of the three evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Single Holy Life
The single holy life is the state in which one offers her or his virginal and celibate consecration in witness of the Age to Come, in which “none are married or given in marriage, but are like the angels in heaven” (Mt 22:30).