The Cristian vocation is the call to holiness.
In Schoenstatt this call is realized as everyday (or workday) sanctity, meaning the integration of one’s faith with every aspect of ordinary life. Fr. Kentenich contrasted it with “Sunday sanctity” of Christians who go to church on Sunday but do not allow their faith to affect the rest of their lives.
Everyday sanctity has many facets. It can be described as “doing one’s ordinary duties in an extraordinary way (ordinaria extraordinarie)” or as “fulfilling the duties of one’s state in life as perfectly as possible out of a total love for God.” Fr. Kentenich developed its most comprehensive definition in 1932:
“Everyday sanctity is the God-pleasing harmony between wholehearted attachment to God, work and fellow-man in every circumstance of life.”
Everyday sanctity is therefore attentive about not neglecting God because of the world, nor one’s family because of apostolate, nor one’s fellow-man because of work, nor one’s duties in life because of God. The ideal of the “everyday saint” is to strike the proper balance between the natural, rational and supernatural sides of the individual and community, so that’s one’s spiritual life is strengthened by good health, one’s physical faculties augmented by clear thinking and one’s resolution of mind and will are tempered by respect for one’s emotions.
Everyday sanctity also seeks to integrate work, prayer and suffering. In this context Schoenstatt understands work as man’s sharing in the creative activity of God, for prayer as a dialog of love with God and suffering as crucial part of the Christian vocation.