"For a mature (person)…heroism is no longer the goal or concern. Now the goal is something we can no longer manufacture, control or even possess as our own: holiness. Holiness is given and received; it is utterly but quietly transforming; sometimes it even feels and looks like ‘sinfulness’ to the uninitiated. Holiness seldom looks heroic until the holy ones have been buried for a few centuries, and we can safely begin the canonization process…"
Look at that last sentence one more time…"holiness seldom looks heroic until the holy ones have been buried for a few centuries…" Isn’t that so contrary to how some around us try to impress us with their public holiness? Remember, Jesus’ reputation wasn’t one of holiness…his reputation was built on the fact that he always was in the wrong places hanging out with the wrong people doing the wrong things. If that is holiness, then most of us are in trouble. We are more interested in public portrayals of holiness and not that attitude of the heart that looks beyond self and solely to God. As I’ve said before, put that in your pipe and smoke it!