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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Penance

I could not help thinking how little penance we have done these last years, how little mortification, how little dying to self, which is what mortification is. To mortify is to put to death, to do violence to oneself. "You have not yet resisted unto blood," St. Paul said. "Without the shedding of blood there is no salvation." Blood means 'life' in Biblical terms. Some years ago I saw a man die of a heart attack before my eyes, and his skin became like wax s the blood stopped moving in the veins and seemed to drain back to the heart.
If our cause is a mighty one, and surely peace on earth in these days is the great issue of the day, and if we are opposing the powers of darkness, of nothingness, of destruction, and working on the side of light and life, then surely we must use our greatest weapons -- the life forces that are in each one of us. To stand on the side of life we must give up our own lives. "He who would save his life must lose it."
--Dorothy Day--

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