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An Exhortation to Martyrdom, Prayer, and Selected Works by Origen

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Listed below are the $64000 and influential writings of a Christian mystic and early father of the Church. Origen (c. 185-254) was once born in Alexandria and lived in the course of the turbulent years in the course of the cave in of the Roman Empire.

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XIX. It is likely that we shall both be reproached by our neighbors and scorned by those who surround us and shake their heads at us as fools. But in these circumstances let us say to God, "You have made us a reproach of our neighbors, a scorn and a derision of those about us . You have made us a byword among the nations, a shaking of the head among the peoples. All day long my disgrace is before me, and the shame of my face has covered me, at the voice of the reproacher and reviler, at the face of the enemy and avenger" (Ps.

12:2, 4), you will consequently realize that you will presently know more and greater things than the unspeakable words then revealed to Paul, after which he came down from the third heaven. But you will not come down if you take up the cross and follow Jesus, whom we have as a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens (cf. Heb. 4:14). And if you do not shrink from what following Him means, you will pass through the heavens, climbing above not only earth and earth's mysteries but also above the heavens and their mysteries.

16:24-25). And we have often come more alive when we hear, "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what ransom shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will repay everyone for what he has done" (Mt. 16:26-27). That one must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Jesus is not . only written in Matthew, the text of which we cited , but also m Luke and Marle Hear Luke, when he says, "And He said to all, 'If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross 5 and follow me.

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