Sunday, February 18, 2007

Reflections for the 40 days of Lent

“Self-denial is never just a series of isolated acts of mortification or asceticism. It is not suicide, for there is an element of self-will even in that. To deny oneself is to be aware only of Christ and no more of self, to see only Him who goes before and no more the road which is too hard for us. All that self-denial can say is: ‘He leads the way, keep close to Him.’”

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer in The Cost of Discipleship

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