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"Christian asceticism never aims at annihilating life in us; on the contrary its purpose is to liberate us. It does not imply any kind of condemnation of the things which it give up, but simply a preference for the one and only thing necessary. The Christian mortifies always to gain more life. All asceticism aims at the destruction of the obsessive concentration on self caused by sin. It aims at us being able to be seized, invaded and carried away the generosity of God's life, a life which is love itself."

Father Louis Bouyer (+2004), French convert, author and theologian

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