Crucifixion


A bit from Father Seraphim Rose’s journal before he became a monk.

“Let not us, who would be Christians, expect anything else from it than to be crucified. For to be Christian is to be crucified, in this time and in any time since Christ came for the first time. His life is the example — and warning — to us all. We must be crucified personally, mystically; for through crucifixion is the only path to resurrection. If we would rise with Christ, we must first be humbled with Him — even to the ultimate humiliation, being devoured and spit forth by the uncomprehending world.

“And we must be crucified outwardly, in the eyes of the world; for Christ’s Kingdom is not of this world, and the world cannot bear it, even a single representative of it, even for a single moment. The world can only accept Antichrist, now or at any time.

“No wonder, then, that it is hard to be a Christian — it is not hard, it is impossible. No one can knowingly accept a way of life which, the more truly it is lived, leads the more surely to one’s own destruction. And that is why we constantly rebel, try to make life easier, try to be half-Christian, try to make the best of both worlds. We must ultimately choose — our felicity lies in one world or the other, not in both.

“God give us the strength to pursue the path to crucifixion; there is no other way to be Christian.”

(this also from Father Seraphim Rose: His Life and Works. Page 159)

Yikes.

Needless to say, I identify very strongly with the last few sentences of that quotation.

(the painting above was found at http://spazioinwind.libero.it/sanmassimo_decaita/testi/testimoni/pserafim.html )

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