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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Have a blessed and steadfast Holy week!


"The dual substance of Christ - the yearning, so human, so superhuman, of man to attain to God, or, more exactly, to return to God and identify himself with him - has always been a deep inscrutable mystery to me. This nostalgia for God, at once so mysterious and so real, has opened in me large wounds and also large flowing springs.

My principal anguish and the source of all my joys and sorrows from my youth onward has been the incessant, merciless battle between the spirit and the flesh.

Every man partakes of the divine nature in both his spirit and his flesh. That is why the mystery of Christ is not simply a mystery for a particular creed: it is universal. The struggle between God and man breaks out in everyone, together with the longing for reconciliation. Most often this struggle is unconscious and short-lived. A weak soul does not have the endurance to resist the flesh for very long. It grows heavy, becomes flesh itself, and the contest ends. But among responsible men, men who keep their eyes riverted day and night upon the Supreme Duty, the conflict between flesh and spirit breaks out mercilessly and may last until death.

Struggle between the flesh and the spirit, rebellion and resistance, reconciliation and submission, and finally - the supreme purpose of the struggle - union with God: this was the ascent taken by Christ, the ascent which he invites us to take as well, following in his bloody tracks.

Every moment of Christ's life is a conflict and a victory. He conquered the invincible enchantment of simple human pleasures; he conquered temptations, continually transubstantiated flesh into spirit, and ascended. Reaching the summit of Golgotha, he mounted the Cross."

- From the introduction to nikos kazantzakis's the last temptation of Christ.

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