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…becoming a Christian begins only when a person sloughs off any illusion of autonomy and self-sufficiency.

BECOMING A CHRISTIAN  

First of all, it seems important to me that the Church does not regard becoming a Christian as the result of a course of instruction or even of a training process. She regards it as a sacrament. This means that no one becomes a Christian by his own unaided power. No one can make himself a Christian. It is not man’s business or within his competence to upgrade himself, as it were, into a great-souled person and finally into a Christian. On the contrary, the process of becoming a Christian begins only when a person sloughs off any illusion of autonomy and self-sufficiency; when he acknowledges that man does not create himself and cannot bring himself to fulfillment but must open himself and allow himself to be led to his true self.To be a Christian, then, means first and foremost that we acknowledge our own insufficiency and allow him—the Other who is God—to act upon us.—Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)

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Image: St. Francis Xavier baptizing. Photograph by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. See more of his images at www.flickr.com/photos/paullew/

 

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