A Contemplative Faith
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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.
Goodness. I can’t imagine ever getting to that point where I would call myself holy
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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