Fr Richard Rohr OSB, a Franciscan teacher, has developed these 5 Promises of Male Initiation. They are especially applicable to men in western society but they are, in fact, true for everyone, everywhere in all of history.
            1  Life is hard
          2  You are not that important
          3  Your life is not about you
          4  You are not in control
          5  You are going to die
To "die before we die", as Fr Richard says, means dying to our ego, and that is a life long task!
I hope these pages will help us all die before we die so that we live free of the fear of death!
St Paul made this a central point of his theology:
     I have been crucified with Christ
       it is no longer I (ego) who live
       but Christ who lives in me
       and the life 'I' now live in the flesh
       I live by the faith of the Son of God
       who loved me and gave himself for me.    Galatians 2:20
All mystical theology derives from this central point.