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“When a man really gives up trying to make something of himself – a saint, or a converted sinner, or a church man ( a so-called clerical somebody), a righteous or unrighteous man,…when in the fullness of tasks, questions, success or ill-hap, experiences and perplexities, a man throws himself into the arms of God…then he wakes with Christ in Gethsemane. That is faith, that is metanoia and it is thus that he becomes a man and a Christian. How can a man wax arrogant if in a this-sided life he shares the suffering of God?”

– good ol’ Bonnie hoeffer.

I feel like Bonnie is calling for self-annihilation. To relinquish the pursuit of self, self-fulfillment, or concern for identity in exchange for hanging on a crucifix, or laying in a tomb with Jesus does not only sound morbid but also a little off putting. However, deep down I suppose we all desire that ultimate self-immolation, for I think spiritually we sense the need for dying to self  to bring freedom.

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