Heroism, we are assured by Cardinal Kasper, is not for the average Christian. It is not for me to question a cardinal; but as a deplorably average Christian myself, I do wonder whether he may have forgotten something rather important: grace. It is grace, and grace alone, that allows any of us to transcend our weaknesses; that makes simpletons like me able and willing to make sacrifices, choose the more difficult path and generally strive for what is better. We average Christians are not superhuman; we don’t go in for heroics; but we know grace is ours for the asking and try to let it perform its work in us. It strikes me that the beginnings of holiness are to be found here, in co-operation with grace; and isn’t holiness what all Christians, average or not, are about?