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date: 05 June 2020

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Holiness is as crucial an element within the Church’s authentication as union, universality, apostolic origin, and outward dynamism. This holiness originates not in the Church’s members but in the holiness of the Spirit of God dwelling within the community. The tradition of holiness within the Church is essential to its very life and sustainability and must be viewed within an eschatological perspective that acknowledges the fallen nature of all believers and the reality of sin while affirming that all are called without exception to be faithful to the Spirit alive within the community. The mystical tradition, while including its noted proponents and practitioners, is part of the universal baptismal vocation to holiness. A tension between hierarchy and charism, holiness and authority, has existed since the Church’s foundation. Despite this inevitable tension, where sin abounds universally within the Church so grace also abounds by God’s mercy throughout its history.

Keywords: baptism, charism, church, community, ecclesiology, holiness, sacraments, spirit, union, vocation

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