A Hermit

Camaldolese Prior

Normally, taking a once-and-for-all

decision is not sufficient

for reaching sanctity.

It is necessary to go forward

without ceasing in order not to stop

and, above all, not to fall back.

Now to know oneself imperfect,

weak, a sinner, and to accept

all this while trying to do better

what until now was done badly -

this is Christian realism

and this is humility,

that "door of heaven"

as the Ancients call it.

In Praise of Hiddenness, page 37

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