Following up yesterday's post, here are a few more thoughts on the pursuit of holiness.
A desire will grow stronger with more motivation. Although our baptism committed us to pursuing holiness, it still needs to become a personal desire. Why desire it? One compelling reason is that life on earth is short and will soon come to an end, even if a person lives to be 100. What is that in comparison with eternal life?
Here's a little exercise to bring that home. Take your present age and double it. Do you realistically expect to live that long? If not, you've already lived more than half your life on earth. It will be fewer years from now until your death than from your birth until now. And that's assuming that no accident or sudden illness cuts it prematurely short.
St. Francis Borgia was the Duke of Gandia in Spain. He served the Queen Isabella of Portugal, who was very beautiful. She died while still rather young and beautiful. When Francis saw her in the coffin, he was shocked at how the ravages of death had already stolen her beauty. This incident helped him take a turn in his spiritual life and he later became a Jesuit priest.