I am yet to find a book on holiness that makes as much sense to me as this one did on prayer. Along the way, I have picked up a few hints that resonate with my own experience - though I realise that they are only really a beginning.
- Holiness isn't about being perfect. It needs to be about much more than just adhering to a list of things we must not do. It is about being set apart - not better than others but attuned to a different reality.
- Holiness is partly about wholeness. It's related to our human search for completion, for fullness of life, for striving to be all that we can be.
- Holiness must ultimately be authentic. We need to be real - holiness cannot be faked. Holiness needs to reflect who we really are, it cannot be about avoiding or masking our identity. True holiness isn't diminished by the shadows of our past or the imperfections of our present - it is a reflection of the anticipation of our future.
I find all of these unsatisfactory on a multitude of levels but I will keep searching. Of course, it's quite possible that the problem is with me and not with other people's definitions ... and maybe that's the beginning of understanding!