We need to move beyond the rather primitive notion that holiness and the spiritual life are about perfection. Nothing could be farther from the truth, for if we are human beings (and if you are reading this, I assume you are) then holiness consists in being fully human. Humanity isn’t perfection, it’s messy and filled with mistakes. Holiness then is about being authentically and unashamedly human, with all of its flaws and failings. In that, there is no shame. Rather, it is precisely why we are here!