“Saintship lays pride (or protest) at the feet of the crucified Christ. Its aim is “defeat,” martyrdom. For martyrdom is the joyous acceptance of death in any manner, even painlessly, as the Good Gift of God.” (c. 1930)
“God ultimately forces men to make a choice: predestining them to free will!
“That coercion is death.
“Since man will only use his will in death it follows that special destiny grants a living death to the elect (to the saints).” (1932)
“It is a special mark of providence to have the opportunity of complete humility before death. The longer before death it is—the greater the mark of God’s love.” (October 19, 1929)
“The human, the balanced human, believes that the mystery of birth, death, and life is master of science: that science is a means. The Liberal believes that science is the master of all; the human knows that it is simply a matter of time till the substance of life absorbs the means. Temporarily the means has gotten out of hand.” (1958)
“To strive constantly to see beyond the things in which we are immediately interested requires great courage because it means the death but not destruction of those immediate interests. For all death has the germ of birth within it. To keep on is to redeem.” (August 21, 1931)