courage beyond ego

Clare of Assisi spoke of “the mirror of the cross” in which she saw in the tragic death of Jesus our own human capacity for violence and, yet, our great capacity for love. Empty in itself, the mirror simply absorbs an image and returns it to the one who gives it. Discovering ourselves in the mirror of the cross can empower us to love beyond the needs of the ego or the need for self-gratification. ~Ilia Delio

It takes enormous courage to live the Christian gospel, which is so quintessentially a path of “dying before you die.” It takes tremendous courage to move forward in hope, knowing “whether I live or die, I am the Lord’s.” This courage is beyond the capacity of the ego, and a Christianity lived only ego-deep will ultimately betray itself. ~Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope

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