In his apologia for the origin of the modern Roman Catholic Church flowing directly from the earliest Church, Kenneth Whitehead makes this statement:
The early church has not disappeared. She is with us still. Reformers, again by whatever name, are not so much needed by this Church as are those who aspire to be saints – those determined to follow Christ seriously and to fulfil God’s holy will by employing the means of sanctification that Christ’s Church continues to provide.
This reminded me of the account of Bonhoeffer’s conversation with Catholic pacifist, Jean Lassare in which Lassare told Bonhoeffer that he hoped to perhaps one day become a saint. Bonhoeffer replied that he wished to learn to have faith.
Regardless, what do people think of this line? Does the church need saints or reformers? Can a reformer be a saint? Can a saint be a reformer?