Human nature was made with the capacity to participate freely and willingly in a process of growing into the likeness of God. Created in the image of God, a human person also lives by relationship, and this provides for maximum individuality. God planned beings who could attain maximum personality.
-David Fagerberg, Theologia Prima, p24
Maximum personality. What a phrase! And situated so, as a gift one attains through relationship. As the persons of the Holy Trinity are eternally in relationship with each other, so are each of us called to relationship with those around us, to love those around us as the Trinity loves. It is through these relationships - as well as through our relationship with God, of course - that we are principally to achieve holiness.
We know this from many theologians. But look at Fagerberg's last phrase there: to attain maximum personality. Through relationship, we achieve holiness; through relationship, we achieve maximum personality. The holier we become, the more we become truly ourselves? the more our own unique personality shines out?
Perhaps this is why so many saints and holy people are and have been such eccentric folks with habits strange and delightful. Now that's a model of life I could strive for!
O Jesus, meek and humble of Heart, make my heart like unto Thine.