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“Man is at once glorious and broken—magnificently radiant and deeply wounded. He is wounded, but not utterly depraved." (Jonathan Jackson)

“In the resurrected Christ the prints of the nails do not disappear: they are marks of His glory. The agony is gone, but He is forever united with those wounds. Christ is forever hailed in heaven as the “Lamb that was slain.” This, I think, is one of the great difficulties of knowing the true self. St. Paul says that our life is “hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3). The daily struggle that marks our lives – the battle with the dogged details of personality – is accomplishing something within us that remains hidden. St. Paul offers this: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” (2 Cor. 4:17) That glory is revealed in the fullness of personhood, conformed to the image of Christ.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“To be smitten by Christ is the most profound of all mystical experiences. Jesus Himself, as it were, wounds our hearts with His love. From that moment we can never again be the same. One desire is only to be with Him, to serve Him and to make Him known to others…Today, Christ wants to wound each one of us so that we, too, will never cease loving and serving Him. Let us open ourselves up to this wondrous action of grace, this mystical stabbing of our hearts. Let us gladly endure the scars that the piercing love of Christ inflicts.” (Rev. John Chakos)

“…wounds need not leave scars. They can become imprints for the expression of His grace…the God Who Heals, places His hand on the gaping wounds of our hearts and transforms the wounds into beautiful scars.” (Kay Arthur, Sharon Jaynes)

“And it is honest and therefore healthy to own the wound, to let it identify us, to tell us who we are; for it is part of us forever.” (Lewis Smedes)

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