“Holiness, not safety, is the end of our calling.”
~ Lilias Trotter (Parables of the Cross)
Who wants to be holy? Perhaps a better question would be: What would a truly holy person look like? One might suspect that what we would note about a person “further down the road to holiness” would be their interest in and concern for us. They would exhibit those desirable qualities identified as the “fruit of the Spirit:” love. . . joy . . . peace. . . patience. . . kindness. . . goodness. . . faithfulness. . . gentleness. . . self-control. . . . Who wouldn’t want to live or work or engage with someone like that? Who wouldn’t want to be a person like that? “How little people know who think that holiness is dull,” wrote C. S. Lewis. “When one meets the real thing. . . it is irresistible.”
For further reflection on this Lilias quote, visit biographer Miriam Rockness’ blog post: Who Want to be Holy?!