"...We are in a sense our own parents, and we give birth to ourselves by our own free choice of what is good..."
"...Such a choice becomes possible for us
when we have received God into ourselves and have become children of
God, children of the Most High. On the other hand, if what the Apostle
calls the form of Christ has not been produced in us, we abort ourselves..."
"...For Saint Paul every moment was a time to die, as he proclaims in his letters: I swear by the pride I take in you that I face death every day. Elsewhere he says: For your sake we are put to death daily and we felt like men condemned to death.
How Paul died daily is perfectly obvious. He never gave himself up to a
sinful life but kept his body under constant control. He carried death
with him, Christ’s death, wherever he went. He was always being
crucified with Christ. It was not his own life he lived; it was Christ
who lived in him. This surely was a timely death – a death whose end was
Excerpts from a homily on Ecclesiastes by:
Saint Gregory of Nyssa, bishop