Sunday, April 27, 2014

Holiness is being no less than who you are

WSJ (Fr. James Martin, S.J.)

One of the most insidious stereotypes about the saints is their terrible sameness....
But each saint was unique, called by God to be himself or herself. For holiness means being who you are—no more but (more important) no less. In his journals, Angelo Roncalli recognized this when he mused on the life of another saint, a 16th-century Jesuit: "I am not St. Aloysius, nor must I seek holiness in his particular way, but according to the requirements of my own nature, my own character and the different conditions of my life.… If St. Aloysius had been as I am, he would have become holy in a different way."

Not inconsistent with Carl Rogers, Victor Frankl, or Albert Camus.

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