And not even simply to hate [one’s life] was His command, but so as to expose it to war, and to battles, and to slaughters, and blood. “For he that beareth not his cross, and cometh after me, cannot be my disciple.”Thus He said not merely that we must stand against death, but also against a violent death; and not violent only, but ignominious too. — St. John Chrysostom, Homily XXXV, on Matt 10.34

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