‘Piety,’ ‘duty,’ ‘mortification,’ ‘ideals,’ ‘perfection’—all these words filled my spiritual notebooks and involved me in a sincere and sometimes brutal effort during my seminary years.

I learned to meditate on the things of God. I learned to pray much, although I still don’t know how well. I learned to love the Blessed Virgin, sentimentally and mariologically… I also discovered, somewhat to my dazzlement, the hope-giving horizons of eschatology. And I began to glimpse—just to glimpse—something of the meaning of the church.

Pedro Casaldaliga, from his autobiography I Believe in Justice and Hope (1971)

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