Friday, May 06, 2005

Waugh on Sainthood

"Saints are simply souls in heaven. Some few people have been so sensationally holy in life that we know they went straight to heaven and so put them in the calendar. We all have to become saints before we get to heaven. That is what purgatory is for. And each individual has his own peculiar fomr of sanctity which he must achieve or perish. It is no good my saying: 'I wish I were like Joan of Arc or St John of the Cross'. I can only be St Evelyn Waugh--after God knows what experiences in purgatory."
--Evelyn Waugh

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