Here is an outstanding article that a friend sent my way today:
Typical John Behr - dense with goodies. Here's a teaser:
"In other words, baptism is not simply a stepping stone to membership of the Church. Rather the paschal dimension of baptism characterizes the totality of the Christian life, shaping and informing every aspect of it, until we are finally raised in Christ. The mode of becoming a Christian, through conversion and instruction, is the mode of remaining a Christian, all the while learning to confess Christ more fully and so put on his identity more perfectly."
I was also intrigued by his pointing out that for St. Irenaeus' famous dictum about the glory of God being a man fully alive, the reference is not to a man living with gusto, enjoying this age to the fullest (this is how John Powell, the Jesuit, takes it). But rather to a martyr. A person who is fully alive in his death to this world and in his life oriented solely toward to the Coming One.