St Gregory says, 'Let us offer ourselves as first fruits [of the resurrection], that is, let us sacrifice ourselves, let us die to ourselves all the day long, as did all the saints, for the sake of Christ our God. How did they put themselves to death? By not loving the world or what is in the world as it says in the catholic epistles, 'By rejecting the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life', that is, the love of pleasures, the love of money and of vainglory, and taking up the cross and following Christ and crucifying the world to themselves and themselves to the world.. About this the apostle says, 'Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.' This is how the saints put themselves to death.
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