Ascesis. 

Unless you take up your cross you cannot be a follower of mine….
He who will lose himself will save himself.
Abandon self daily.

Self-actualization occurs through self-abandonment

Ascesis: practice…

…. reflect on ourselves… the experience of a self… recognizing that we are our habits, and that it is with steady, daily practice we replace our established habits with preferred habits. Ultimately, we are called to habituate ourselves to a condition of being characterised by selflessness.

I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. (Mt 11:25)

….little… empty…vulnerable

I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Mt 18:3)

a method…

Become little… transformation of attitude: become like little children…. innocence… nothingness… a condition of being characterised by selflessness…

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Mt 11:29-30)

Rest… unburdened…of the experience of a self… other than God

… take His yoke and learn from Him, engaging this practice, this transformation, daily. Conversion may go on all through the day, everyday.

Whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
( Mt.18:4)

Ascesis: practice… surrender.

See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. (Mt. 18:10)

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