Self Denial To Embrace What?

PEC“”Purposeless renunciation, the renunciation of the dervish or fakir, can never appeal to the Western world. But the renunciation of the martyrs was neither purposeless nor self-centered. As their name shows, they were ‘witnesses’; as the needle turns to the Pole, so they must point, not to themselves, but to another.” Herbert Workman, Persecution in the Early Church, pp. 258-9.