I almost forgot, but here it is! My quote for this week:
"In any case 'the death of the old man' is not the destruction of personality, but the dissipation of an illusion, and the discovery of the new man is the realization of what was there all along, at least as a radical possibility, by reason of the fact that man is the image of God."
~ Thomas Merton, The Recovery of Paradise
Merton does not use what we would, these days, consider inclusive language, but his point is a good one. So many people think that to become a Christian is the death of self. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, through faith in Christ, we become more and more ourselves, discovering what was there all along. We become who we were truly created to be in the image of God.