From a Homily by Pope Benedict
June, 2012

What makes us holy and blameless is love.
God called us to existence, to holiness. And this choice even precedes the foundation of the world. We have always been in his plan and in his mind. With the Prophet Jeremiah we too can say that he knew us before he formed us in our mother’s womb (cf. Jer 1:5);
and in knowing us he loved us. The vocation to holiness, that is, to communion with God belongs to an eternal design of this God, a design that extends through history and includes all the men and women of the world, because it is a universal appeal.  God excludes no one, his plan is solely of love.

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Paul continues, “he destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ”,to be incorporated in his Only-Begotten Son. The Apostle underlines
the gratuitousness of this marvelous plan of God for humanity. God did not choose us because we are good, but because he is good. Since God is
goodness, he is the communication of goodness, he wishes to communicate; he creates because he wants to communicate his goodness to us and to make us good and holy.
Lastly, the divine blessing ends with the mention of the Holy Spirit who has been poured out into our hearts;
the Paraclete whom we have received as a promised seal: “who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to
the praise of his glory” (Eph 1:14). Redemption is not yet finished — as we know — but will reach its fulfillment when those whom God has ransomed are totally saved. We are still on the path of redemption, whose essential reality has been given with the death and Resurrection of Jesus.

We are on our way towards definitive redemption, towards the full liberation of God’s children. And the Holy Spirit is the certainty that God will
bring his plan of salvation to completion, when he will bring back to Christ, the only head, of all “things in heaven and things on earth” (Eph 1:10).