Quote for the Day

Do not aspire to be called holy before you really are, but first be holy that you may more truly be called so.

The Rule of St Benedict, ed. Timothy Fry, O.S.B.

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • http://discombobula.blogspot.com Sue

    Goodness. I can’t imagine ever getting to that point where I would call myself holy :)

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman/ Carl McColman

    The reason why this verse struck me is not because people call themselves “holy” — in our day few people even bother to think about holiness! — but because they call themselves “mystics.” I think the same principle applies. Don’t call yourself a mystic, just be one, and let others do the naming.


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