Every single day of our lives, we have the freedom to make lots of choices. We can choose to share the love and truth of God in different situations, making the conscious decision to choose goodness and light. On the other hand, we can choose to reject God as the ancient Israelites did before going into exile. The lay faithful have the beautiful blessing of sanctifying the world. While priests and religious sanctify the Church, the lay faithful can sanctify the world in its increasing secularity. What does this mean for us? It means choosing prayer, silence, patience, compassion, and selfless love over unnecessary noise, anger, self-gratification, and individualism. Choose wisely in each situation and help lead people to encounter God through you.