On the net recently on more than one site, the discussion of holiness has led to people expressing some less than Catholic ideas of saintliness. One of the tragedies of the post-Vatican II Church, which has nothing to do with the Council and everything to do with poor formation of priests, has been the dumbing down of the concept of holiness.
I have addressed this both on the occasion of All Saints' Day and in the long, several perfection series. But, what is new in internet circles is the vehemence connected to those who do not want to believe that we are all called to high levels of perfection while still on earth.
Now, if one has been following three years of blogs here, one will see the great insights regarding perfection from the Doctors of the Church, (all of them), the great saints and mystics, (such as Teresa and Therese among many others), and the writings of theologians on levels of prayers and holiness, (Lehodey, Garrigou-Lagrange, Aumann and many others).
What is blocking understanding of the universal call to holiness seems to be something connected to ideas that we cannot achieve union with God while on earth, or, worse, that we cannot become free of sin and the tendencies to sin.
God does not call us to do or be anything impossible. Therefore, the universal call to holiness must be attainable. as we have seen in the lives of canonized saints, whose biographies bear witness to great levels of union with God.
But, what is new in this discussion is the outward animosity of those who do not want to accept this universal call as either possible or probable. The center and key call to perfection comes from God Himself, as I have noted many times in the perfection series.