Crucial questions…

To ask why God wills your life, in a moment of contrition, perhaps, or in a period of confusion and isolation, is but to ask why God wills Christ’s death.

To ask why God keeps you alive, is but to ask why God let Christ die.

To ask what you are living for, is but to ask what Christ died for.

The two dispensations are so closely connected, that to try separating them––autonomous, individualized human life, on the one hand, Christ’s kenotic atoning death, on the other––is to render both meaningless at once. Only when they are properly united, however (in the liturgy, in prayer, in spiritual epiphanies), do we discover their true mutually reinforcing telos: to disclose the love of the Father and to be returned to Him as an offering of glory.

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