Holiness involves finding balance in prayer time, time spent enjoying others' company and time dedicated to serving others in ways large or small.
Christians should ask themselves if they have hearts open to being surprised by God; if they feel a need to rush to share with others the good news.
Pope Francis signed decrees for the causes of 13 men and women -- among them a pope, an archbishop, two young laywomen and a number of priests and nuns.
Honoring Mary on the day after Pentecost also highlights for Catholics that Mary was present with the disciples, praying with them as the Holy Spirit descended.
'Never forget the "medicine of caresses...A caress, a smile, is full of meaning for one who is sick.'
Christians need to look for any signs that their love for God and others has started to dim or grow cold, the pope said.
Pope Francis said the Italian and English translations of the "Our Father" can give believers the wrong impression that God leads people into temptation.
"Both of them had prepared before God -- with the sacrament of penance -- and I married them."
All life, from life in the mother's womb to that of the elderly, the suffering and the sick, and to that of the troublesome and even repellent, is to be welcomed, loved and helped.
'Even when the angel visited her, no one knew. There weren't any reporters there that day.'