Wednesday, November 7, 2007

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." -Jesus Christ


"Bring on the fire, bring on the cross, bring on the hordes of wild animals! Let them wrench my bones out of socket and mangle my limbs and grind up my whole body! Bring on all the hideous tortures from the Devil! Just let me get to Jesus Christ. Nothing on this wide earth matters to me anymore. The kingdoms of this world are entirely meaningless. I am at the point where I would rather die for Jesus Christ than rule over the whole earth. He alone is the one I seek--the one who died for us! It is Jesus that I long for--the one who for our sake rose again from the dead!"
-Ignatius of Antioch, in about 115 AD on his way to be killed for the sake of Christ's name
(Qtd. in "Getting to Know the Church Fathers," by Bryan M. Litfin, page 51)
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