|Me as Orestes Brownson|
And, while most moderns flatly reject even the concept of the supernatural, sometimes devout Christians make the opposite mistake.
Many Catholics, for instance, are fond of a kind of spirituality that seeks to obliterate the self so that only God and God's will remains. Men are to become merely empty vessels for God's grace. This is not only anti-incarnational, it is almost a form of Eastern despair.
Grace perfects nature, and God gave us egos, wills, desires and reason - in short, personalities - not for their immolation (though there are times when even that is called for in a kind of martyrdom) but in order for Him to work through them and for us to work through them as well, in our personal cooperation with Him.
What we seek is not death to self and life in Christ, but death to sin and life in Christ. For with new hearts our selves, by His grace, can be without sin.