The mind perceives only contradiction when faced with death that brings life, or humbling that brings exaltation. But there is a deeper facet of our being that is able to wait on the threshold where such realities converge. In the silent company of God or the joyful self-forgetfulness of worship, grace opens a way in, and we recognize that the sayings of Jesus do describe the basic laws of the kingdom.
-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE