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  • Nico Quintos

Needing to Die to Live Fully

In the art field, artists, writers, and musicians have put to death in their works old forms of expression to give birth to new ones. Pablo Picasso in painting, T.S. Eliot in Poetry, and the Beatles in music.

In transportation, the passing of some means of transportation paved way for new and better means. From Horse-Drawn Carriages to Automobiles, from Sail to Steamships, from Railroads to Airplanes, and now, Electric Vehicles are introduced.

In our personal growth, some old structures, attitudes, and patterns of behavior have to die before we can assume a new way of living. 

Jesus says: "Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit."

The concept of needing to die to live more fully speaks to the necessity of letting go, of surrendering those parts of ourselves that are barren and unfruitful so that we may be transformed into a new creation, abundant in grace and goodness.

Just as the seed must give up its form to bring forth a new plant, so too must we allow certain structures, attitudes, and behaviors within us to "die." These may include our excessive attachments, self-seeking attitudes, our prejudices, our fears, and any number of habits that keep us from loving God and our neighbor fully.

But what does this process of dying to oneself look like in practical terms? It can take many forms, but at its core, it involves a sincere examination of conscience, a willingness to repent, and a commitment to change. It may mean challenging our preconceived notions or making sacrifices for the sake of others. It requires humility, courage, and, above all, trust in God's grace to bring about the transformation we cannot achieve on our own.

This dying to self is not a one-time event but a continual journey. Each day presents new opportunities for growth and new challenges to our willingness to let go and trust in God's plan. It is precisely through this process of dying and rising, of Good Friday and Easter, that we become more like Christ, who Himself was the grain of wheat that fell to the ground, died, and produced the abundant harvest of redemption for the world.

What needs to die in me so that I can bear more fruit? Where am I being called to grow, change, or let go? Pray for the grace to surrender those parts of our lives that are unfruitful, trusting that in dying to ourselves, we will rise to new life in Christ. NQ


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